Caption: Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Willy Bett.
Kindly help us look for answers. This is verified information from an insider and the vessels mentioned have been cross checked.
I trust you and your team to get on it.
Why is @FisheriesKenya secretly issuing fishing licenses to foreign vessel owners to continue exploiting our waters without any tangible benefits to the country?
Despite the Kenya Fisheries Management and Development Act 2016 aim to enhance wealth creation and job opportunity for Kenyans it is business as usual at Fisheries Kenya who continue to grant the private licenses without first giving opportunities to Kenyan companies
The issuing of these fishing licenses to foreigners by @FisheriesKenya also goes against the promises in the Jubilee manifesto on promoting blue economy
No advantages have been created or given to local Kenyan entrepreneurs to engage in deep sea fishing by @FisheriesKenya. There exists no real opportunity for Kenyans to form joint ventures when foreigners can fish freely by simply paying a token license fee.
Why are these fishing agreements shrouded in secrecy? @cswillybett must come out in the open and tell Kenyans to whom they have issued these licenses. This lack of transparency and deliberate attempt to leave the public in the dark is troubling
Common practice around the world is that all fishing activities in a country’s waters must include local partnerships. In fact, many counties now insist that all foreign fishing vessels must reflag and be registered under local laws. Why is @cswillybett still licensing foreign vessels?
Why is Kenya carefully negotiating a Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Agreement with the EU yet @FisheriesKenya continues to license the same EU vessels under private and direct agreements under which the vessels are less regulated and have little oversight? It is unfair that this country is taken for a ride by some individuals at the state department.
The vessels are currently doing this, and which have totally refused to take Kenyans on board even for employment are:
- ELAI ALAI
- PLAYA DE ARITZATXU
- TXORI ARGI
- TXORI GORRI
- ITSAS TXORI
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