University of Nairobi to implement short learning programmes to combat fisheries crimes

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Thu, 2016-11-24 11:28

(No. 4 from left) Hon. Willy Bett, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Blue Economy leads team to discuss establishment of a Fisheries Law Crime Enforcement (FishForce) Academy

The University of Nairobi (UoN) is set to enter into a collaboration with the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) that will see the UoN implement Short Learning Programmes aimed at combating fisheries crimes in the region.

The collaboration comes in the wake of a high level stakeholders meeting held in Mombasa on November 23 – 24 2016 to discuss establishment of a Fisheries Crime Law Enforcement Academy in Kenya, which will provide capacity building for fisheries law enforcement officers.  

In the University of Nairobi Vice-Chancellor’s speech read on his behalf by Prof. Lucy Irungu, Deputy Vice-Chancellor in-charge of Research Production and Extension, pointed out the need for Kenya and other coastal states to conserve Blue Economy Resources for future generations. In part, the speech alluded that Kenya annually loses a whooping estimated Ksh.10 billion through illegal unreported and unregulated fishing. (Read full speech here)

The Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University has a dedicated campus for Maritime training and intends to develop the next generation of Ocean Scientists by creating FishForce Academy chapters in South Africa, Mozambique, Tanzania, Kenya and Islands in the Indian Ocean.

The meeting was attended by Hon. Willy Bett, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Blue Economy; Prof. Micheni Ntiba, Principal Secretary Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Blue Economy; a team from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University and the University of Nairobi.

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