Protect Threatened Reefs and Marine Life From Overfishing

Target: Peter Munya, Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, Kenya

Goal: Introduce restrictions and scientific management to protect reefs and allow sea life to recover.

A recent study shows that fish stocks off the coast of East Africa have become worryingly depleted by as much as 70%, threatening the continued existence of marine life for several countries. Kenya, the largest of these, depends heavily on fishing as a source of income and food for its nearly 48 million inhabitants. Recent years have seen an expansion of the fishing industry, despite repeated warnings from scientists and researchers that this is unsustainable.

There have been some efforts to control the decline by local groups and agreements among fishermen, but there has not yet been any major action from the Kenyan government. The continued overfishing is not only harmful to biodiversity, but also proven to be harmful to fishermen’s livelihoods. Subsidies for fishermen introduced in 2010 actually saw their income reduced by 7% since then. Many fishermen have moved on to other work, and many others want the government to enact policies to protect Kenya’s fish.

The Kenyan government must act now to regulate fishing equipment and practices to allow fish stocks to recover. This doesn’t necessarily mean a ban on fishing, but rather halting it in certain areas and educating fishermen on how to fish responsibly. Sign the petition below to urge action from Kenya’s Minister for Fisheries.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Munya,

Kenya’s fisheries are nearing a crisis as fishing continues to deplete stocks past the point of no return. Recent years have seen marine life decline alarmingly, and it will continue to do so unless sensible management is established.

I urge you to restrict fishing nets and trap sizes, educate fishermen on sustainable practices, and enforce existing laws to allow Kenya’s ocean life to recover.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Martin Meingassner

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One Comment

  1. It is such a “no-brainer” to realize that the more you fish, the less fish there are. Why do people think that everything on this planet is infinite? When the catch of a certain fish becomes less and less, it means that that species is becoming depleated. You either stop fishing for it or face the fact that there will be no more. I think that I’d opt to let the species recover in order to fish for it again in the future. Of course, the fishermen will need to find other employment until then, but the other choice is not acceptable.

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