Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute has warned the government that many citizens are going to have health complications resulting from the increasing plastic pollution in the country. The Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute C.E.O., Professor James Njiru said that by the year 2050 there will be more plastic bottles in the ocean than fish, if the pollution continues at the current rates.
Most of these plastic materials end up in the seas through rivers and especially during the rain season whereby plastics are washed from the urban areas into the main rivers. Water vessels and abandoned fish gears also contribute a high percentage of the ocean plastic composition.
Citing Prof James Njiru, some wastes get broken down into mcro plastic materials which fish and birds can feed on. Unfortunately, these fish end up in our dinner tables hence affecting human health immensely.
In addition, plastic materials carry micro organisms that cause diseases to the water animals and could even result into mass death of fish. Prof James Njiru also said that they have been asking the national government and relevant stakeholders to pass plastic reduction policies and also the manufactures to reduce plastic packaging, after seeing a successful ban on plastic bags in the country.
National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) Kisumu County Director Tom Togo said that they have already implemented the law in Kisumu County because the plastic materials end up blocking river mouths like river Kisat. He said that they've arrested many offenders since the implementation and they are now focussing on the other counties in order to put Kenya at the top of Environmental conservation charts in the continent.
This would be great move by the government and we are eagerly waiting to see if it happens in the nearest future.
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