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  • PS-SDFA & BE Dr. F. Owino, DG KMFRI Prof J. Njiru, DG KeFS D.Mungai, Fisheries Secretary Ms. L. Obungu for Fisheries and other stakeholders at the 2020 Frame Survey Validation Workshop at Kisumu Hotel on Saturday, 5th June, 2021
  • PS SDFA & BE Dr Francis Owino KMFRI BoM Chairman Hon John Safari Mumba, KMFRI DG Prof James Njiru held an interactive meeting with KMFRI scientists on 25/05/2021
  • KMFRI DG Prof James Njiru with NRF top officials who included Board member Prof Walter Oyawa, who paid him a courtesy call on 18/05/21.
  • Dr. Odoli (far left), Dr. Nyamwea (far right) and Ms. Safina Musa (second right) with participants during the sensitization for cage farmers (women groups) in Homa Bay County on fish value addition from 10th to 13th May 2021.
  • On 7th May, 2021 Director General KMFRI Prof. James Njiru (3rd left) joined CS Wildlife & Tourism in the launch of National Wildlife Census 2021 at Shimba Hills National Reserve, Kwale County. With them was DG KWS Brig (Rtd) J. Waweru (R), DG KMA R.Njue (4th L), Dr P.Omondi Director WRTI (2nd L). Census will also include Marine Mega Fauna along Kenya coast
  • KMFRI Director General, Prof. James Njiru (3rd right) with Governor Uasin Gishu County, HE Jackson Mandago (centre) and other County Officials in Eldoret during a consultative meeting on 3rd May, 2021 to establish KMFRI Station in the County
  • PS SDFA & BE Dr Francis Owino (centre), KMFRI BoM Chair Hon John Mumba (2nd right), KMFRI Director Prof James Njiru (left) during a courtesy call to Mombasa County commissioner Mr Gilbert Kitiyo.
  • The newly appointed Principal Secretary SDFA & BE Dr Francis O. Owino (seated centre) during his maiden visit at KMFRI Mombasa headquarters on 2nd March 2021.
  • Kenya Launches a coral reef fish project (Funded by Japan/FAO) to improve food security, livelihoods and maritime safety through increased resilience of coastal fishing communities
  • KMFRI Mombasa Center Director, Dr. Eric Okuku (centre) representing KMFRI Director and Assistant Director (Projects & Collaborations/CD Shimoni) Dr. James Kairo (right), meet Dr. Mathieu Guerin from France Embassy to explore possible research collaboration with French institutions.
  • KMFRI Director, Prof. James Njiru (right) exchange MoU with VC Pioneer International University, Dr Gideon Maina (left), this SDFA & BE MoU is on several areas of collaboration that includes Kenya Fisheries Services. The ceremony was witnessed by outgoing PS Prof. Micheni Ntiba on on 22nd Feb. 2021at Kilimo House, Nairobi
  • KMFRI Director, Prof. James Njiru (right) and Mombasa CD, Dr. Erick Okuku during the World Wetlands day on 2nd February, 2021 held at Sabaki Estuary, the celebration was officiated by the CS for Environment and Forestry Mr. Keriako Tobiko who led government officials and communities in planting mangrove trees
  • Director KMFRI Prof. James Njiru (right) with Deputy Director Freshwater System, Dr. Christopher Aura (centre) and Ag. ADF, Kenya Fisheries Services, Mr. Simon Munguti (left) during the Launch of Electronic Catch Assessment Survey (e-CAS) system and Stake Holder’s Engagement and dissemination Workshop on Environmental Clean-up and Mentorship Framework at Sosa Cottages in Vihiga County on 4 - 5th Jan, 2021

Listing as a TC follows an elaborate assessment by the internal oversight committee of the Marine Stewardship Council and an external review committee

By Dr. Melckzedeck K. Osore

Dr. Gladys Okemwa is now listed as a Technical Consultant (TC) for the global Marine Stewardship Council (MSC). The appointment and listing of her name on the MSC website was announced on 15th May, 2020.  Dr Okemwa becomes the first Kenyan scientist and the first female from the western Indian Ocean (WIO) region to be listed.

On learning about her official listing, Dr. Okemwa said, “I am very excited to be among the first African women to be listed. This recognition is a call of duty to my country and the western Indian Ocean region. I will provide my technical expertise to help us move closer to achieving our dream of getting more of our key coastal fisheries certified”.

Dr. Okemwa was most thankful to KMFRI and various mentors for her achievement:

“I extend my gratitude to KMFRI for the wealth of opportunities and experience gained as a fisheries scientist. I am also very grateful to WWF, the MSC trainers from South Africa and UK (Michael Marriot, Dr Andrew Gordon, Dr Jaco Barendse, Dave Japp, Stewart Norman) and the Review Committee for the roles played towards this achievement.

It all started in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania in October 2017 when she attended the workshop titled: “Working towards MSC Certification". This was a Level 2 training workshop organized by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) to build capacity of fisheries scientists and managers in the western Indian Ocean region. Dr. Okemwa developed  a very keen interest on the technical aspects at this initial training level and proceeded further to undertake a level 3 training held in 2019, which included passing an online written exam and a practical assessment involving field visits with a technical team of experts from South Africa. She has also been a member of the technical team that is tracking i mplementation of the national lobster Fisheries Improvement Plan (FIP), an effort spearheaded by the Kenya Fisheries Service that is working towards making this fishery first to be certified in Kenya.

Her exposure and participation in the FIP has enhanced her skills and practical experience on the MSC process, which has been highly beneficial to her personally and to KMFRI as a fisheries institution. No doubt her appointment as TC will inspire many young fisheries scientists in Kenya and in the WIO region towards greater heights..

Dr. Okemwa further explains why certification is a win for all, “As we invest in MSC certification, we need to especially understand how this will benefit our people and the Blue Economy. The MSC Fisheries Standard is based on the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation’s (FAO) code of conduct for responsible fisheries. A fishery undergoes a process of assessments against a standard criteria. Once certified, the products receive a blue MSC label, which indicates that they were harvested from a well-managed and sustainable fishery. Eco-labeled products lead to enhanced access to global markets fetching more competitive pricing.  Local livelihoods are also secured as income levels are boosted. This is a win-win situation for all!!

The listing on the website can be accessed via:

 https://www.msc.org/for-business/fisheries/developing-world-and-small-scale-fisheries/fips/technical-consultants 

 

 

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