Fishing Tournament Boosts Fortunes For Fish Farmers

The fishermen gathered at the jetty at 2 a.m. to board their boats and set out into the deep sea to capture fish. They returned the following afternoon, and we witnessed a massive fish harvest.

Lamu has long been known for its heritage of fishing in the Indian Ocean, which serves as an important economic pillar for the locals.

Fishing is the main bread-winning basket that characterizes this county, and everyone growing up usually chooses it as a career. Recently, journalists saw a fishing tournament that drew over 35 boats to compete.

The fishermen gathered at the jetty at 2 a.m. to board their boats and set out into the deep sea to capture fish. They returned the following afternoon, and we witnessed a massive fish harvest.

Fuad Sheyumbe, a boat owner whose vessel competed in the competition, stated that his vessel, Big Fish, has played in the tournament five times and won three times.

This competition had been halted for three years owing to Covid, but they are back this year and they are quite exciting, he said.

MANAGING FOOD INSECURITY

In an interview, he stated that fishing helps to solve the issue of food insecurity and allows visitors to experience the expertise of Lamu fishermen.

Sheyumbe stated that there were two sorts of fishing this year, one focusing on pelagic fish and the other on demersal fish.

Today’s pelagic fishing was excellent, but due to poor weather conditions, the demersal fishing was poor due to high currents, he stated.
He stated that the majority of the fish taken ranged in size from sixty to eighty kg.

He claimed to have caught 88 kg of fish and expressed optimism about winning the competition.

One of the participants, Ali Rashil Ali, stated that they left the banks of the Ocen at 2 a.m. and managed to catch a large catch of Tuna fish.

“We were three fishermen in my boat and caught one monster fish weighing 88 kilos and a total of 480 kilos from seven fish,” he claimed.

Ali stated that they fished 35 miles down in the sea utilizing the trawling method.
He did, however, urge the county and national governments to invest in larger vessels so that fishermen can engage in contemporary fishing.

He stated that they require assistance in obtaining cold storage facilities because they currently have difficulties while bringing their fish catch.

According to him, the majority of purchasers are unable to purchase more than two tonnes, causing the fish to spoil.

FISHING RESEARCH

According to Mohamed Mbwana, an expert in fishing, in 2008 they conducted research on fishing to determine the pros and cons of the activity and discovered that locals have been fishing since time immemorial but are poor, unlike in other countries where fishing is a lucrative venture with wealthy people involved.

“In other locations, people fish for a few months and make a living, but here they fish day and night and are still very poor every month because fishing is influenced by middlemen and brokers,” he explained.