Department of Fisheries Control, Regulation and Quality Assurance

Directorate of Fisheries Resources

Department of Fisheries Control, Regulation and Quality Assurance

Objective

To formulate, review and enforce fisheries legislation, regulations and standards for fish production, capture fisheries and processing.

key functions and outputs

Key Functions

  • Formulate, review, and implement fisheries policies, legislation, standards regulations, plans and strategies for the fisheries control, regulation and quality assurance
  • Develop and implement plans and strategies for enforcement of fisheries legislation, regulations and standards including Monitoring Control and Surveillance (MCS) activities
  • Regulate and control all fishing activities on all public water bodies in the country
  • License, issue permits and control all fishing vessels and gears in all public water bodies including entry points
  • Create awareness on fisheries legislation, regulations and standards
  • Conduct risk analysis for import and export and internal fish and fisheries products movements in the country
  • Inspect and certify fish and fisheries products for exports, imports and for local markets as well as vessels and vehicles used for transportation of fish and fisheries products;
  • Train and gazette Fish Inspectors
  • Establish and operationalize collaborative mechanisms with national, regional and international organisations on fisheries legislation and enforcement
  • Establish, operationalize and maintain laboratories for conducting the testing of fish and fishery products to support certification for quality and safety of fish and fishery products for the export and local market.

Key Outputs

  • Fisheries policies, legislation, standards regulations, plans and strategies for the fisheries control, regulation and quality assurance formulated, reviewed, and implemented
  • Plans and strategies for enforcement of fisheries legislation, regulations and standards including Monitoring Control and Surveillance (MCS) activities developed and implemented
  • All fishing activities on all public water bodies in the country regulated and controlled
  • All fishing vessels and gears in all public water bodies including entry points licensed, permitted and controlled
  • Awareness on fisheries legislation, regulations and standards created
  • Risk analysis for import and export and internal fish and fisheries products movements in the country conducted
  • Fish and fisheries products for exports, imports and for local markets as well as vessels and vehicles used for transportation of fish and fisheries products inspected and certified
  • Fish Inspectors trained and gazetted
  • Collaborative mechanisms with national, regional and international organisations on fisheries legislation and enforcement established and operationalized
  • Laboratories for conducting the testing of fish and fishery products to support certification for quality and safety of fish and fishery products for the export and local market established, operationalized and maintained.

Divisions in the Department of Fisheries Control, Regulation and Quality Assurance

The department is headed by a Commissioner and has the following two divisions each headed by an Assistant Commissioner:-

  • Fisheries Regulation and Control Division
  • Fisheries Quality Assurance and Safety Division

Fisheries Regulation and Control Division

 Functions

  • Formulate review and implement fisheries policies, legislation, regulations standards, plans and strategies
  • Develop strategies and plans for enforcement of fisheries legislation, regulations and standards
  • Regulate fishing activities on public water bodies in the country
  • License and issue permit for fishing vessels and gears in public water bodies including entry points
  • Conduct risk analysis for fish and fisheries products for imports, exports and internal consumption
  • Create awareness on fisheries legislation, regulations and standards
  • Inspect and certify fish and fisheries products exports, import and for local markets as well as vessels and vehicles used for transportation of fish and fisheries products
  • Train and gazette Fisheries Inspectors
  • Establish and operationalize collaborative mechanisms with national, regional and international organisations on fisheries legislation and enforcement.

Fisheries Quality Assurance and Safety Division

 Functions

  • Formulate review, and implement fisheries policies, legislation, regulations, standards, plans and strategies
  • Develop plans and strategies for enforcement of fisheries legislation, regulations and standards on fish and fish product quality and safety
  • Create awareness on fisheries legislation, regulations and standards on fish/fish product quality and safety
  • Conduct Health and Safety Plan (HASP) activities for fisheries imports and exports and local markets
  • Train and gazette Fisheries Analysts
  • Establish and operationalize collaborative mechanisms with national, regional and international organisations on fisheries quality assurance and safety
  • Establish, operationalize, maintain and accredit laboratories for conducting the testing of fish and fishery products to support certification for quality and safety of fish and fishery products for the export and local market.