Kenya Aquatica

KCSAP Project

The study depicts potential for cage fish farming in some water bodies mainly Chemasusu and Kerandichi dams in Lake Baringo Basin (LBB)

To satisfy the present as well as future fish protein requirements, aquaculture is viewed as an alternative to reducing the widening gap between fish demand and its supply. As an alternative to traditional aquaculture techniques, cage culture is envisioned to overcome some of the traditional fish culture constraints (Garcia de Souza et al., 2013).

 Cage farming has many advantages over other methods of fish culture, including: very high production per unit volume of water; and relatively low investment per unit of production.  However, cage culture may have negative environmental consequences such as: discharge of particulate and dissolved nutrients (uneaten feed, fecal matter, etc.) that may cause eutrophication of the water column.

 Presently, there is rising interest in cage fish culture undertaking in Lake Victoria with about 1700 cages installed as by December 2016 (KMFRI, 2016). Tilapia is the most preferred culture species due to faster growth, disease resistance and ability to withstand low dissolved oxygen (DO) levels.