Fish Aggregating Devices Project

Dates: 2015 – 2016

Location: Gazi-Msambweni, Kwale County

Participating Institutions: Gazi, Mwandamu, Mkunguni, Mwaembe, and Munje Beach Management Units (BMUs), Kenya Marine and Fisheries Institute (KMFRI), State Department of Fisheries (SDF) Mombasa and Kwale County, and Coastal Oceans Research and Development – Indian Ocean (CORDIO) East Africa

Funding Organisation: The EU through IOC-Smartfish and the World Bank through the Kenya Coastal Development Project (KCDP)

Description: This pilot project introduced 4 Fish Aggregating Devices (FADs) to the seas in the Gazi-Msabweni area. The intention was to support efforts by the Kenyan Government under the KCDP towards the deployment and management of FADs along Kenya’s coast, with the ultimate aim of promoting fishing of large pelagic species offshore or just outside the reef area among local small-scale fishing communities.

COMRED was tasked with the responsibility of community mobilisation, increasing project visibility and improving the institutional capacity of BMUs. We employed a methodological approach involving fisher sensitisation meetings, media (radio, TV and newspapers), posters and signboards. Pre- and post-FAD deployment activities included conducting awareness campaigns, producing a documentary, mobilising fishers for training, facilitating the establishment of financing and monitoring mechanisms, and initiating by-law formulation.

Read the FADs Technical Report