By MN Reporter
The dwindling of natural fish in Lake Victoria has made some residents of Mukuyu Bay in Migori County turn to cage fish farming.
The Managing Director Bay Rise Cage Fish Farm Mr. Alfred Achar said that replenishing the natural stock has become the biggest challenge majorly affected by overfishing.
Achar said that the depleting of natural fish in Lake Victoria made him establish a cage farm at Mukuyu Bay in Nyatike Sub County, with the aim of adding depleted fish stock to the lake.
He noted that fish caging is the perfect example of utilizing the Lake’s resources and a good alternative to producing fish.
The farm has 17 circular cages that are 10 meters wide with an intensive stocking of 60,000 per cage.
Achar said that a normal pond with a similar capacity can only hold around 2,000 fish making cage farming an attractive venture.
Bay Rise Farm which started two years ago is now producing 400 metric tonnes of Tilapia fish in the Kenyan market every year.
Achar disclosed that from a harvest of 20,000 fish stocks he can fetch between Sh500, 000 to Sh1.2 million.