Aquaculture Division

Objective

To promote production of fish through fish farming and production of other aquatic organisms (aquaculture) in the country.

Function

  • To develop, review and monitor implementation of aquaculture policies, legislation, guidelines and standards.
  • To identify potential areas for investment in aquaculture.
  • To monitor and coordinate aquaculture production, processing, marketing, infrastructure technology development and aquaculture operations.
  • To regulate and control aquaculture inputs.
  • To prevent, control and manage aquatic deceases.
  • To strengthen collaboration with relevant regional and international institutions responsible for implementation of aquaculture development, protocols and management conventions.
  • To promote and facilitate formation and functioning of aquaculture associations.
  • To promote development of aquaculture Technologies that aim at mitigating climate change effects.
  • To regulate, control and strengthen inspectorate services of cross-border and in-house aquaculture products and inputs for export, import and domestic use.
  • To promote and strengthen public – private partnership investment in aquaculture.to coordinate environmental impact assessment activities for aquaculture investment and monitor their implementation.
  • To promote conservation of aquatic genetic resources.
  • To conduct risk assessment and regulate entry of exotic species and Genetic Modified Organisms (GMOs).

The Division will be led by a Director and will have two (2) Sections as follows: -

  1. Freshwater Aquaculture Section

This Section will perform the following activities: -

  • Promote freshwater aquaculture development in potential areas.
  • Coordinate and provide mechanism for stocking or restocking of open water bodies including irrigation programmes.
  • Promote expansion of viable freshwater aquaculture technologies appropriate for small, medium and large scale.
  • Collaborate and liaise with National, Regional and International Organizations involved in freshwater aquaculture development.
  • Initiate and implement FAO Code of Conduct for Responsible Aquaculture to provide guideline to address environmental and social issues.
  • Coordinate risk assessment, prevent entry of exotic species and Genetic Modified Organisms (GMOs).
  • Prepare guidelines for aqua-farms; hatchery and nursery management.
  • Develop in-house test methods, liaison with National, Regional and International bodies for the purpose of identifying and adopting appropriate test methods to satisfy customer requirements.
  • Develop and implement laboratory policies, standards and procedures.
  • Liaise with standards institutions being it is Local, Regional or International for the purpose of developing fisheries and aquaculture standards.
  • Collaborate with national and international laboratories to validate tests and standards for research and diagnostics.

This Unit will be led by a Principal Officer.

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