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Lake Naivasha beach sandwiched by the water hyacinth

Mr Kilo said the weed has been spreading rapidly, thereby affecting fishing and tourism operations. “Up to one third of the lake is covered by water hyacinth and this is adversely affecting tourism and fishing activities,” he said.

By Free Press Correspondentnewsdesk@kenyafreepress.comMonday, 23 May 2016 15:47 EAT

Dozens of fishermen in Lake Naivasha’s main Central Landing Beach have been forced to relocate after the beach got sandwiched by water hyacinth. The fishermen have relocated to the smaller Karagita Landing Beach, according to the chairman of the Lake Naivasha Boat Owners association David Kilo, who asked for government intervention on the issue.

Mr Kilo said the weed has been spreading rapidly, thereby affecting fishing and tourism operations. “Up to one third  of the lake is covered by water hyacinth and this is adversely affecting tourism and fishing activities,” he said.

He warned that more landing beaches could be blocked in the near future. “Currently the lake employs hundreds of people directly but the main threat facing it is the water hyacinth and illegal fishing,” he said.

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