Who We Are
Tuna Fisheries Alliance of Kenya (TuFAK) is a CSO Alliance that was established in 2010 with financial and technical support from WWF and formally registered in 2011 as a legal entity by the Kenya Government under the Public Benefits Organization (PBO) 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: •To build the capacity, impact, and sustainability of TUFAK; •To promote CSOs/Private/public sector collaboration, partnership and build constructive engagement; •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 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 on 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 is also active in ensuring its member CSOs participate in local to global sustainable Blue Economy discourse. TUFAK featured prominently during the 1st International Conference on Sustainable Blue Economy held 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. In this new COVID pandemic era, 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 Equipments