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How to Apply For a Fishing Permit in Kenya

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How to Apply For a Fishing Permit in Kenya by Kenyans247(m): Sat Jan 2020 09:14am
Procedure
(1)An application for a fishing licence under Act No. 5 of 1989 is required to make it in a writing to the Commissioner in such form and manner as may be prescribed by the Commissioner and shall contain the following:

(a)contain the particulars and description of the craft in respect of which the application is made;
(b)state in sufficient details-
(i) the method to be employed in fishing; and
(ii) the area within which it is proposed that the craft is to be operated;
(c)be accompanied by such fee as the Commissioner may prescribe.
(2) The Commissioner may, before considering an application require the applicant-

(a) to satisfy him
(i) that the craft is properly constructed and equipped.
(ii) that the form and construction of the fishing nets, fishing gear and other equipment intended for use in fishing are adequate for the purpose of the fishing operation;
(b) to supply such other information as he may require to enable him to reach a decision on the application.

Issuance and validity of licence

(1) The Commissioner shall issue to a successful applicant a licence for the craft subject to such conditions as he may deem necessary.
(2) A licence issued under this Act shall be valid for one year and expire on 31 December every year.
(3) Where the craft is to be operated in a body of water shared by two or more States, the owner or operator of the craft shall not be required to obtain more than one licence in a particular year.
(4) The holder of a licence under this Act shall, not later than one month before its expiration, apply to the Commissioner for a licence to take effect from the expiry of the current licence.

Identification mark on fishing craft

(1) The owner or operator of a craft shall exhibit the registration number of the craft on both sides of the craft in bold letters with a prefix reflecting the State of registration.
(2) A person who fails to exhibit a registration number on his craft as required under subsection (1) of this section commits an offence and is liable on conviction to a fine of N250 or imprisonment for a term of three months or to both such fine and imprisonment.
Note: Restriction on use of fishing gear, etc.

(1) No person shall fish with a gear constructed with net webbing of less than 76 millimeters except where the gear consists of-

Pelagic trawl nets used for freshwater sardines, that is, clupeids, which are used with outboard engines of not more than 25 horsepower capable of operating trawl net with three millimetres cod-end; or
Lift nets used for freshwater sardines constructed with three to five millimetres stretched mesh webbing.
(2) No single fishing unit shall operate with a single net or a combination of nets ex-ceeding 500 metres of three millimetres mesh size and above.
(3) A person who contravenes a provision of subsection (1) or (2) of this section commits an offence and is liable on conviction to a fine of Ksh.500 or imprisonment for a term of six months or to both such fine and imprisonment and, in addition, the net and catch shall be forfeited to the government of the State in which the offence was committee.
(4) No person shall use any vessel for fishing in Kenyas fishery waters unless there is in force in relation to the vessel a valid certificate of registration.
(5)A certificate of registration in the prescribed form may on application and on payment of the prescribed fee be issued by an authorized officer to the owner of the vessel.
(6)Every vessel in respect of which a certificate of registration is issued under this Act shall be marked in such manner as the Director may require.
(7)The Director shall cause to be kept a register of all vessels registered under this Act.
(8)Any person who uses any vessel for fishing in Kenya fishery waters without a valid certificate of registration for that vessel shall be guilty of an offence.

Any person who is guilty of an offence under this section shall be liable
(a)in the case of a first conviction, to a fine not exceeding ten thousand shillings or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months or to both; and
(b)in the case of a second conviction, to a fine not exceeding twenty thousand shillings or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding one year or to both.

Required Documents
A valid passport
Fishing licence
Craft details
hunting pass
hunting equipments Details.

Office Locations & Contacts
Ministry of agriculture livestock and fisheries,
Off cathedral road,Nairobi

P. O. Box 34188-00100 Kenya

E-mail:info@kilimo.go.ke

Telephone: Tel.+254-20-2718870

http://www.kilimo.go.ke

Eligibility
All Foreigners and Resident of Kenya with a Fishing pass or license are Eligible.
Foreigner tourist must have a tourist visa.

Fees
License Fee: Kshs 500/=


Validity
A licence issued under this Act is valid for one year and expire on 31 December every year.

Processing Time
Maximum Processing Time: 2 Days

Instructions
The person applying for Fishing permit in Kenya must apply in Person. The applicant must apply for fishing owner's licence in Kenya before involving in a fishing process. The applicant must obtain a Fishing pass.

Required Information
The Fishing licence,
The Fishing equipment
Information on special safari vehicles,
Information on foods and drinks while in Fishing
The transports and transfers during the Fishing period,
Information on reception services at arrival and departure at the Airport as well as all taxes for the Government explorers going with the Fishing group.
packing and shipment of the trophies.

Need for the Document
Fishing" means the catching, taking or harvesting of fish, attempted catching, taking or harvesting of fish and any other activity which can reasonably result in the catching, taking or harvesting of fish.

A person is required to obtain a valid fishing license prior to fishing in inland waters or transporting fish taken from inland waters. A person is required to keep his/her fishing license with him/her at all times while fishing or transporting fish and must exhibit their license for inspection by any warden, department employee, guide or landowner upon request.

No person in Kenya is allowed to export or import a live fish or any other aquatic animal without the permission of the Minister.

A person who contravenes a provision of subsection (1) of the fishing Act commits an offence and is liable on conviction to a fine of Ksh.2,000 or imprisonment for a term of five years or to both such fine and imprisonment and, in addition, the fish or aquatic animal shall be forfeited to the Kenyan Government.

Not withstanding the provisions of subsection (1) of the Fishing Act the Minister has the power , from time to time, export or import a specialized specie of fish or other aquatic animal for the purpose of exchange of fishery information or for research.

The Sea Fisheries Act provide Regulations, made under section 13 of Fisheries act which state that every vessel intended for fishing to be registered with the Ministry of Fisheries Development and require vessels first to be licensed before they are transferred. They also require Specific requirements are set out for fishing vessels engaged in shrimp trawling.

External Links
http://faolex.fao.org/docs/pdf/ken3536.pdf

http://www.businesslicense.or.ke/index.php/license/details/id/565

http://www.kenyalaw.org:8181/exist/kenyalex/actview.xql?actid=CAP.%20378

http://www.kilimo.go.ke/

Source https://www.wikiprocedure.com/index.php?title=Kenya_-_Apply_For_a_Fishing_Permit

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