Govt slaps fishing ban in polluted L. Naivasha
Date: Saturday, February 20, 2010 @ 08:03:33 CST
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NAIVASHA - The government has slapped a fishing ban in Lake Naivasha following the mysterious deaths of hundreds of fish in the last two days.



Issuing the ban, Naivasha district Public health officer Mr Samuel King'ori said that the ban would be in place until the problem was established and solved.

"We have not established what the problem is and we therefore ban any fishing activity in the lake until we get to the root bottom of this,"

Addressing the press after touring the troubled lake, King'ori admitted that the problem was very serious.

He added that selling of fish in the lakeside town and its suburbs had also been banned as investigations got underway.

"We have taken samples to the government chemist for analysis and we have started our own investigations,"

Confirming the ban, Naivasha DC Helen Kiilu said that security personnel would enforce the ban.

"We don't want to take chances and we have decided to take the action until this problem is solved,"

Earlier the provincial administration stopped a planned demo by fishermen urging them to be patient as tests were conducted by various government agencies.

A researcher from Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute (KEMFRI) Mr George Morara said that deaths could have been caused by either suffocation or pollution.

Morara said that samples had already been taken to the institute's laboratory and results would be out by Monday next week.

"There could be depletion of oxygen when the organic matter decomposes causing the deaths of the fish,"

Source: KNA







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