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Aquarium fishes - Kenya
Marine Resource  Fact Sheet
Status of stocks and resources 2019
Aquarium fishes - Kenya
Fact Sheet Citation  
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Pomacanthidae sp.
Amphiprion sp.
Geographic extent of Aquarium fishes - Kenya
Main Descriptors
Considered a single stock: No        Spatial Scale: National
Management unit: Yes        Reference year: 2019
Biological State and Trend
State & Trend Descriptors
Exploitation rateOverexploitedNot applicable
Abundance levelUnknownUncertain/Not assessed

Some stocks exploited by the aquarium fishery are assessed to be at high risk of overfishing. Pomacanthidae sp., Amphiprion sp. vulnerable to overfishing. 
Habitat and Biology
Climatic zone: Tropical.   Vertical distribution: Demersal/Benthic.  

• Abnormal phenomena: 1) Coral bleaching. 2) River sedimentation.
• Main impact on fisheries: 1) Affects reef associated species. 2) Threatens coral reefs.
• Responsible for impact assessment: Not assessed.
Water Area Overview
Spatial Scale: National

Geo References
Resource Structure
Considered a single stock: No


CPUE: Declining/Stable. Effort Trend: Declining/Stable.
Assessment Model
Type:  Others
Productivity Susceptibility Analysis (PSA)
Management unit: Yes

In the recent years, there have been major amendments in the Kenyan higher-level legal framework, including the Constitution, and also a new law was passed, the Fisheries Management and Development Act 2016. Kenya is currently aligning all its fisheries legislation to these changes.
• Main problems the plan intends to solve: Overfishing of vulnerable species.
• Management actions planned: Fisher logbook, proposed quotas for vulnerable species.
• Results obtained: Improved data collection.
Source of information
FAO. 2019. Report of the Eighth Session of the Scientific Committee of the Southwest Indian Ocean Fisheries Commission. Maputo, Mozambique, 12–15 February 2018. Rapport de la huitième session du Comité Scientifique de la Commission des Pêches pour le Sud-Ouest de l’Océan Indien. Maputo, Mozambique, 12–15 février 2018. FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Report/FAO Rapport sur les pêches et l’aquaculture No.1260. Maputo. 120 pp. Licence: CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 IGO.  Click to open
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