Advance Africa were appointed by the Government of Kenya, through the State Department for Fisheries, Aquaculture and the Blue Economy (SDFA&BE) and with World Bank support, to conduct a high-level scoping study of mariculture in the coastal counties of Kenya.
Comprehensive field work was conducted to collect and collate all the necessary qualitative and quantitative information, through site visits, key informant interviews and focus group discussions, to identify the opportunities and constraints to the development of the Kenyan mariculture sector.
The field work included site visits, meetings, and focus group discussions with farmers, scientists, extension officers, fisheries officials and other private and public sector stakeholders.
Information from the field work exercise, as well as from a comprehensive review of the scientific and grey literature, was then used to develop a roadmap for developing mariculture in Kenya. The roadmap comprised a macro-development strategy with six strategic elements made up of multiple project plans.
The scoping study and development roadmap were well received by the GoK who now have the tools with which to pursue the creation of a mariculture industry in the coastal counties.