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Kenya Wants to Ban Chinese Fish Imports Again. It Didn’t End Well The Last Time.

A frozen Tilapia fish imported from China being thawed out at a local market in Kenya. Yasuyoshi CHIBA / AFP

The Kenyan parliament will move forward with legislation to outlaw imported Chinese fish from entering the country. Legislators confirmed on Tuesday that the Agriculture Committee is finalizing new regulations aimed to boost the local fishing sector by restricting imports of Chinese seafood, particularly frozen tilapia.

“I don’t see why we should import from China when we have enough fish in the country. There is a lot of potential in our waters, we must capture it,” said the National Assembly’s Agriculture Committee chairperson Silas Tiren.

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