Cleaning Up Mombasa Marine National Park & Reserve , and its Beach
Environmental Journalism Society of Kenya believe in a clean and healthy environment for both wildlife and humans. This quest led us to the Mombasa Marine National Park & Reserve, which is located in Mombasa town. A marine park within one of the major cities in Kenya. Only six kilometres from Mombasa CBD, hence easily accessible via any means of transportation.
Mombasa Marine National Park & Reserve
It covers 210 sq. kilometres of the Mombasa town, which is found in the north Coast.
Mombasa is also known of its public beaches that allow public to interact with the ocean. But rapidly being subjected to pollution from poor waste management.
This park and reserve is a home to various marine life that you can easily spot during boat rides, snorkelling, diving or any activities doable at the ocean.
The Kenya Wildlife Service is mandated to protect the park side, as well as the reserve side. That is also under county management. Although, the KWS still ensures marine welfare without necessarily checking on where they are located.
They are also responsible of ensuring the marine are safe by carrying out various activities such as:
- Boat patrol
- Foot patrol
- Beach Management Groups
- Boat rides for tourists
- Monitoring fishing gears.
- Control fishing
- Reef tours
- Glass boat excursions
- Creating awareness among the community about marine life as well as engaging with them.
- Just to name a few.
They had people who helped us through the whole activity. Allowing us an opportunity to the breathe taking underground.
We were able to view different types of coral reefs, sea grass, different fish species and other marine life. So yes, you don’t have to be an expert to enjoy snorkelling at the Mombasa Marine Park. Just do it with the KWS team there and great incredible memories.
During snorkelling is when we also started the clean-up exercise at the coral reefs and sea grass. It was sad to see how poor waste management has led plastics and other waste into the deep ends of our Indian Ocean.
Cleaning Up the Beach
We later went to the Jomo public beach, to continue with our clean-up activity.
It was very encouraging to be joined by various groups from the KWS beach management group, KWS rangers, volunteers, County government employees, community representatives and some of the photographers at the beach.
We took the opportunity to educate them on the importance of cleaning up our environment, but most importantly, properly managing our waste.
Within a distance of only 700 meters, we managed to collect waste weighing 65 kilograms. Very alarming and showing the need to make it a priority for our beach.
We learnt that KWS does these clean-ups once a month and some hotels too, take responsibility to ensure that the beach adjusted to them are clean.
But this was not the case in businesses located at the public beaches. They didn’t bother to clean-up within their business areas. They should be made to ensure cleanness around them, as it is the source of their revenue.
It was a successful and an opener event that taught us important environmental lessons.