About Us

Who We Are

Tuna Fisheries Alliance of Kenya (TuFAK) is an alliance of non-state actors that was established in 2010 with financial and technical support from WWF and formally registered on 23rd May 2013 as a legal entity by the Kenya Government under section 10 of the Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO) Coordination Act. TuFAK has a network of 40 registered organizations drawn from Civil Society, Beach Management Units (BMU’s), Fisher associations, Environmental Natural Resource Networks, Marine based research NGOs and the fishery industry private sector. The objectives of TuFAK are:

  1. To build the capacity, impact, and sustainability of TUFAK members and partners;
  2. To promote CSOs/private sector collaboration, and partnership and build constructive engagement towards sustainable management and development of fisheries resources
  3. To promote and influence good policy and practice in the tuna fisheries sector

Our Vision: An empowered CSO/Private Sector Alliance aware and knowledgeable about the tuna fisheries sector contributing to sustainable management and responsible trade of tuna

Our Mission: To facilitate effective Tuna engagement among Kenyan Civil Society Organization and the Private sector


What We do ?

TuFAK with the support of WWF and other partners over the years has been actively involved in national and regional interventions aimed at building the capacity of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and local fishing communities in sustainable management and development of marine fisheries resources, small-scale fisheries value addition and reduction of post-harvest losses. TuFAK members are now engaged in small-scale fisheries value addition, including a reduction in post-harvest losses of seafood products. Some of the members are now undertaking some scale value addition including filleting and packaging as part of product diversification to tap into the new market with a better price for their seafood products. Securing natural capital is the foundation of sustainable fisheries management.

TuFAK members are also involved in implementing fisheries-related interventions at the Kenyan coast, including training local fishing communities on reducing post-harvest losses, small-scale fisheries value addition, promoting collaborative community-based fisheries management, engaging the County Governments on fisheries sustainability for increased socio-economic benefits to the local fishing communities, supporting equity and participation of women in fisheries-related decision making, fisheries-related lobbying, and advocacy among others.

TuFAK over the years has undertaken policy and advocacy related to the implementation of the Blue Economy initiatives in the country, these include participation in stakeholder engagement meetings related to port development projects along the Kenyan coast, as well as in the review of national laws, policies, and strategies such as the national blue economy strategy, fisheries management, and development regulations, national tuna fisheries management and development strategy 2024-2028, national wildlife strategy 2030, etc. TuFAK is also active in ensuring its member CSOs participate in local to global sustainable Blue Economy discourse. TuFAK also works the community groups in undertaking conservation and restoration of mangroves and coral reefs for fisheries sustainability.

TuFAK is also championing the implementation of integrated Ocean and Coastal Management policies such as the MSP amid the multiple challenges facing the sustainable management of marine resources. TUFAK featured prominently during the 1st International Conference on Sustainable Blue Economy held in Nairobi in 2018. We co-hosted the Civil Society Forum and held a side event and an exhibition where we displayed some of the seafood products. TuFAK also participated at the World Small-Scale Fisheries Congress in 2022, Cape Town South Africa, and is also set to participate in the Small-scale Fisheries Summit in Rome in July 2024. In the advent of the COVID pandemic, TuFAK has been involved in raising awareness on compliance with COVID containment measures as advised by the Kenya Government Ministry of Health and provided the members with Personal Protective Equipment.

TuFAK through funding from Community Resource Exchange (CRE) in 2022-2023 was able to undertake a training workshop for the local communities in Shimoni on the World Bank Social and Environmental Safeguards. Also through the CRE-funded project, TuFAK conducted a rapid risk assessment of the ongoing Shimoni port development project using the World Bank Environmental and Social Safeguards. The report will be used by the community for monitoring the implementation of the port development project ensuring it minimizes impacts on the people and the environment.

At present TuFAK is implementing a project titled, “Unlocking a Sustainable Blue Economy in the SWIO Region” The project is funded by NORAD and implemented jointly with WWF. Through the project, TuFAK seeks to promote and influence the adoption and implementation of sustainable blue economy policies/plans, advocating for fair and equitable access to fisheries resources in the country. In achieving this TuFAK developed a policy brief on SBE specifically addressing issues pertinent to small-scale fisheries which are likely to be affected by the implementation of Blue Economy projects despite accounting for more than 2/3 of the total marine fisheries landings in the country.

TuFAK is also implementing an advocacy strategy (2022 to 2025) to influence the implementation of Southwest Indian Ocean Fisheries Commission (SWIOFC) minimum terms and conditions (MTCs), and IUU abating frameworks. The advocacy strategy is adaptive and will be reviewed from time to time. TuFAK seeks to broaden its support base with non-state actors to effectively implement its advocacy strategy, and contribute towards the sustainable management and development of fisheries resources in the country.

 

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