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Beach seine are small mesh nets in range from 100 m in length, set in shallow water parallel to the beach or back reef and are hauled onto the beach or reef. A seine is created by joining six or more small mesh, (approx. 0.5 - 1.5”) each 25 m long and 3-4 m deep. Beach seines varies greatly in quality (holes and tears), materials used and length from 100 m long to well over 400m. Beach seining is prohibited by laws of Kenya because they have been found to capture a high proportions of juveniles and are destructive to habitats. The positive impact of beach seining is income generation and employment leading to food security from the catches. The catch sharing arrangements ensures most of the fishing community benefit from the beach seine fishery. Beach seines are rampantly used in Lamu County particularly in Faza, Kizingitini and Kiunga. The local people in these areas have a passion for beach seine fishery and have assimilated it into their fishing culture. The current information available is based on short term exploratory assessments and there is a lack of information of key target and commercial species hence this rapid assessment study to inform future management initiatives.....[Read more]