Use of Cage Culture Technology to Conserve and Improve Lake Baringo Fish Production
Use of Cage Culture Technology to Conserve and Improve Lake Baringo Fish Production
The Baringo tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus baringoensis) fishery was once vibrant supporting a fish processing plant and a large fish market. It has a long history of commercial exploitation. In the 1960’s, the fishery production ranged from 500 – 600 metric tonnes per annum but declined to less than 200 metric tonnes per annum by late 1980’s. However, after the introduction of the African lungfish (Protopterus aethiopicus) in the 1970s, the catches of have steadily declined. The degeneration in catches and sizes of the endemic species has been attributed to competition for habitat and predation pressure by the introduced species.
The project targets to conserve the endemic tilapia for future generations and enhance fish production using cage culture thereby improving livelihoods of the community. This will involve cage construction, pond construction, sensitization workshops, procurement, fingerling production, stocking, site selection, placement of cages, cage operations, harvesting, processing and report writing. It is envisaged that the project will produce 22.5 metric tonnes of fish annually which will be sold in existing and potential markets. It is further projected that Ksh 3,000,000 will be generated annually while over 500 people will be employed directly and indirectly by the project
The project will cost K Shs. 4,337,410. The organization is requesting K Shs. 3,225,000 from GEF Small Grants Programme. The money will be used over a period of 2 years to buy equipment, raw materials, labor and consultancy. The community has committed itself to provide personnel and labor at some stages of the project. Additional funding will be provided from the Akiba Haiozi’s savings and Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute (KMFRI) – Baringo field station. KMFRI has already committed to give their contribution which will be in-kind.
 
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Project Snapshot

Grantee:
Akiba Haiozi Self Help Group
Country:
Kenya
Area Of Work:
Biodiversity
Grant Amount:
US$ 43,000.00
Co-Financing Cash:
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 14,833.00
Project Number:
KEN/SGP/OP4/YR3/RAF/09/06
Status:
Satisfactorily Completed
Project Characteristics and Results
Emphasis on Sustainable Livelihoods
Lake Baringo was once a vibrant fishing ground with a wide range of fish species, which supported a fish processing plant and a large fish market. (Muli et al., 2008). The catches have been on the decline since the early 1980s. This can be attributed to several factors of which the introduction of the predacious lungfish (Protopterus aethiopicus) stands out. Competition for habitat coupled with predation pressure by the introduced species has probably contributed to the decline in catches and sizes of the endemic species. The Baringo fishery has a long history of commercial exploitation in Lake Baringo. In the 1960s, the fishery production ranged from 500 – 600 metric tonnes per annum but declined to less than 200 metric tonnes per annum by late 1980s. Since then, the catches have been characterized by fluctuations, leading to periodic closures of the fishery during seasons of low catch. Research has shown that the endemic species exhibits rapid growth, attaining table sizes in only four months in the wild (Nyamweya, 2009). If this fish is farmed in the natural environment (cage culture) production will be boosted thus ensuring food security and improved livelihoods.
Gender Focus
More than 60 % of the CBO members are women. Both youth and women were involved in developing this proposal. Women will be involved in fish processing, value addition, and marketing of the products. Both the youth and women will supply manure for ponds as well as feeding the fish. Due to the expected increase in catches, most women and youth in the community will be involved in the fish trade and consequently improve their livelihoods.

Grantee Contact

Mr. Chrispine Sangara
Phone: 0724 504636
 

Address

P.O. Box 31, Marigat
Marigat ,

SGP Country office contact

Ms. Nancy Chege
Phone:
(254-20) 7624473
Fax:
(254-20) 621076
Email:
Ms. Salome Nyakundi
Email:

Address

UNDP, P.O. Box 30218
Nairobi, 00100