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fish farming in Kenya

Fish farming in kenya

Last updated on June 9th, 2023 at 09:05 pm

Fishing is the most common form of aquaculture in Kenya for both commercial and domestic consumption. Fish farming in Kenya has not been fully exploited.

Tilapia is the largest segment of fish farmed in Kenya. This is usually due to the high demand in the local market.

These are the things to consider before getting into fish farming in Kenya

What to consider before you start fish farming in Kenya

  1. Land for fishing. The floor should be flat. Flat land is best for building a fish pond.
  2. Access to a water source, for example, a river, stream, stream or lake.
  3. The proper method of transportation is whether or not the fish is for commercial purposes.
  4. Market for fish, that is, if the fish is reared for commercial purposes.
  5. Choose the best type of fish that grows fast and has a high demand in the market. In this case, the design of the pond should be based on the type of fish. Ways to fish in Kenya

Fish farming in fresh water

This is fish breeding in artificial or natural ponds.

Fishing together

It is a fishing technique that involves using crops or animals to fish in a lake or water. Fish can be combined with vegetables, rice or animals such as duck.

Coalescence can be beneficial for fish as some animal waste can be used as fish food.

Angler Section/Brackish Water Fish Farming

It is a fishing method that involves raising wild animals (seafood) such as lobsters, crabs…etc. However, this method is not popular in Kenya.


Fishing is a method of cultivating fish in the deep sea.

SYstems of Fish Farming in Kenya

Extended/Extensive system

It is a fishing method where the fish are kept in floating cages and left to feed themselves.

Semi- Intensive

This method is commonly used for domestic Nile tilapia.

The holding unit for this type of system is a cage and clay plate.

Organic and chemical fertilizers are used to promote the natural production of fish in fish ponds.


It is a fishing technique used to catch rainbow trout.

It may also involve the use of holding units and floating spaces.

Fish food

The biggest challenge many farmers face is getting the right feed for fish.

Commercial fish feed is expensive and can drain a farmer’s pocket.

To reduce the cost of buying fish, you can use local fish or raw materials such as cottonseed meal, wheat and rice to produce fish food.

Fish market in Kenya

There is a market for fish and fish products in Kenya. Fish is a popular food in Kenya.

It is actually a staple food for some people, especially those in Nyanza or the Lake District.

This fish can be sold in open air markets, brought to supermarkets, schools, hotels and restaurants.

You will get good prices in the market, especially for species like tilapia.