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Title:Mangrove-Friendly Aquaculture: Development of Silvofisheries in Kenya
Authors:Rasowo, J.
Kombo, T.
Book title:Recent Advances in Coastal Ecology: Studies from Kenya
Editors:Hoorweg, J.
Muthiga, N.
City of publisher:Leiden
Publisher:African Studies Centre
Geographic term:Kenya
Abstract:The mangrove ecosystem has traditionally provided physical advantages for aquaculture development and has usually attracted individuals and corporations eager to invest in aquaculture with the tacit approval from local governments. The Kenya government has made an unsuccessful attempt at developing the coastal aquaculture through promoting pond shrimp culture in the mangroves. There is now growing awareness of the environmental degradation of the mangrove ecosystem as a result of pond shrimp culture and the resultant deprivation, displacement and marginalization of the mangrove based communities. This paper reviews some factors which may have been responsible for the non-growth of aquaculture at the Kenyan coast. It further discusses the introduction of silvofisheries, a non-destructive mangrove-friendly aquaculture technology as an alternative method in the effort towards promotion of coastal aquaculture in Kenya. (Source: Author Abstract).