- The fishermen received cooler boxes, outboard engines, nets, hooks and diving sets.
- Lamu Deputy Governor Abdulhakim Aboud pledged to continue working closely with KRCS.
- This is not the first time KRCS is donating equipment to Lamu fishermen.
Fishermen in Lamu have something to smile about after the Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) donated Sh13 million worth of fishing gear to them.
The equipment, fully funded by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), was handed over to the various fishing groups at an event held in Kizingitini in Lamu East.
Addressing hundreds of fishermen who turned up to receive the fishing gear, KRCS Deputy Secretary-General Asha Mohammed said the equipment, which include cooler boxes, outboard engines, nets, hooks and diving sets, will help improve how the fishing communities carry out their daily activities in the region.
DEEP SEA FISHING
“We’ve decided to distribute these equipment to the Lamu fishermen to enable them explore deep sea fishing and thus increase their catch and generally improve their livelihoods,” said Dr Mohammed.
Kizingitini Island, which is among the key fishing hubs in Lamu, has over 800 fishermen, most of whom use traditional techniques in their work.
Lamu Deputy Governor Abdulhakim Aboud pledged to continue working closely with KRCS to ensure the lives of fishermen across Lamu are improved.
Mr Aboud said the equipment donated by KRCS will help open up fishing zones and enable fishermen explore newer fishing grounds that would otherwise not be have been accessed using normal engine boats.