Kenya bans fishing near Somalia border over security concerns

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Kenya has banned fishing activities near its border with Somali over security concerns.

Speaking to the Nation, Lamu County Commissioner Joseph Kanyiri explained the ban relates to security concerns in the waters close to Kenya’s shared border with Somalia. He assured fishermen that the government will continue to communicate with them as a review process is conducted, insisting there are plenty of alternative areas nearby where fishing can be conducted.

Kenya bans fishing ear Somali border

According to reports from the Nation, incidences of trafficking in contraband goods, drugs and people across the border between Kenya and Somalia prompted the ban on fishing in the area.

Lamu County Commissioner Joseph Kanyiri told the publication that a tight security surveillance operation is taking place in the area and anyone found in the designation no-go zones will be arrested.

The commissioner urged fishermen to stay out of the no-go zones and make use of other areas in the vast Indian Ocean to the east of Kenya, which he described as plentiful.

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