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Satellite Data To Identify Rich Tuna Fishing Zones

Tuna fishermen operating along Kenya’s coast will soon use satellite information to help locate and catch their fish.
The Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute (KMFRI) has upgraded its satellite station to provide satellite images that will help map out the potential fishing zones. The information is based on sea surface temperatures, chlorophyll and other oceanographic variables.


The fishermen are expected to get updates about potential fishing zones on a regular basis, which could reduce search time for fish and increase their catches.
The researchers say locating and catching fish has become a challenge due to the unpredictable weather patterns and declining fish stock. The scientific satellite data will be analyzed first and then translated into potential fishing zone charts so the fishermen can understand.
The charts will show temperature fronts which will be especially beneficial to tuna fishermen since tuna migrate according to changes in water temperature.
Kenya’s fisheries sector, accounting for almost 5% of the GDP, is an important contributor to the national economy as it creates jobs, foreign exchange earnings and food security. It is estimated that about 40,000 people depend directly on marine fish production.