(…)A major factor in the decrease of fish stocks is an increase in the number of people fishing. This includes illegal fishers from neighbouring Somalia and Tanzania as well as China. Their move into Lamu’s waters has heightened economic pressures and security issues. “Illegal fishing is a key factor in the serious depletion of fish stocks that we’re witnessing globally. In particular, unregulated, overfishing in coral reef areas strips the ecosystem of vital reef species, threatening food security, livelihoods and regional stability,” said Gabriel Grimsditch, an expert in marine ecosystems at UN Environment. “Key to stopping the scourge of illegal fishing is supporting those on the frontline, the fishing communities, to find the solutions.” (…) By using the system, data can be collected on fish stocks and beach management units can see where there is overfishing and depletion. “We will be able to develop a method of fishing that allows for breeding areas to be left alone while people fish in other areas by providing information in a centralized portal for the all the fishermen in Lamu, and by doing so we will be able to grow the economy of Lamu,” said Munyeki.