Fish is a delicacy the world over but according to a new report by FAO, harmful practices and poor management are a threat to the fisheries and aquaculture sector.
Over the years production from the sector has been increasing gradually with the total production in 2012 estimated at 158 million tones.
In Kenya fish farming has gained popularity at the grass root level. During the tenure of President Mwai Kibaki, fish farming was promoted within the constituencies under the economic stimulus program as a way of providing locals with not only an alternative source of food but also a different source of income.
With the introduction of counties under the new constitution that was adopted by the country in 2010, Governors and other county leadership have fronted fish farming in areas where the meal was not an indigenous delicacy.
Recently a member of parliament from central Kenya offered public training on how to breed and cook fish and some of the constituents ended up fighting for the pieces that had been pan-fried.
This attests to the State of the World Fisheries and Aquaculture 2014 report which show that most of the growth in the sector is driven by small scale farming.
Fish now accounts for almost 17 percent of the global population’s intake of protein -- in some coastal and island countries it can top 70 percent.
The sector also supports the livelihoods of 10–12 percent of the world’s population meaning if our water systems are managed well there is even a greater potential of job creation.
The report also notes that illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing remains a major threat to marine ecosystems and also impacts negatively on livelihoods, local economies and food supplies.
Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day, teach him how to fish you feed him for life