The Aquatic Resources and
Blue Economy Conference (ARBEC), will be held in Kisumu, 
Kenya, in November 2022 

Important conference dates

15th August, 2022 - Abstract submission

28th Nov - 1st Dec 2022 - Conference date

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  • On 28th September, 2022 Prof James Njiru (right) CEO KMFRI, Australian High Commissioner Luke Williams (2nd right), DG ICIPE Dr. Segenet Kelemu and Director Aquaculture KMFRI Dr Jonathan Munguti (left) during protein Africa Launch of a new project with KMFRI as partner at the Windsor Golf Hotel Nairobi.
  • Participants during SWIOFC Nairobi Convention Partnership meeting on Fisheries Environment in Mombasa which was officially opened by KMFRI CEO Prof. James Njiru on 26th September, 2022
  • KMFRI CEO Prof James Njiru at the Swedish Residence, Nairobi (21st September, 2022) on invitation by Sweden Ambassador HE Ms Caroline Vicini where they discussed several collaborative areas.
  • KMFRI CEO Prof. James Njiru (2nd left) signed a contract on 20th September, 2022 at the offices of PS- SDFA&BE, Nairobi for continuation of training young Kenyans in deep sea fishing . This is a strategy by GoK meant to build capacity and create employment for the youth in Blue Economy Sector.
  • KMFRI CEO Prof. James Njiru (3rd right) received title deed for an office in Rumuruti from Register of Lands Laikipia on 8th September, 2022, the County has reserved 43 acres for KMFRI for Research and Training.
  • On 5th August 2022. Prof James Njiru CEO-KMFRI had a collaborative meeting with Mr. K. Takarijanto Counsel Republic of Indonesia.
  • KMFRI Kegati hosts the Honorary Consul of the Republic of Kenya in the Hellenic Republic (Greece) Mrs Vicky Pantazopoulou met the Assistant Director of Freshwater Aquaculture (Dr Paul Orina) to discuss possible research collaboration between KMFRI and Greek institutions.
  • KMFRI CEO, Prof. James Njiru with participants during a workshop in Kisumu on Harmful Algal Bloom (HABs) project. KMFRI is collaborating with Kisii University and Bowling Green State University, USA.
  • CS, Sports and Heritage - Amb. Amina Mohamed (R), KMFRI CEO Prof. James Njiru, PS State Department of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Blue Economy, Dr. Fred Owino among others, after the side event on Blue Economy investment sports and the Environment.
  • On 30th May 2022 KMFRI CEO Prof James Njiru (standing 4th left) launched Beach cleanups and community awareness at Congo Beach, Ukunda, Kwale County.
  • KMFRI in partnership with Kitanda Vzw handed over a fish farming project to the residents of Bamba, Kavunzoni, Goshi location in Kilifi county on 23rd May, 2022.
  • KMFRI CEO, Prof James Njiru (right) exchange collaboration documents with President of National Institute of Oceanography (NIOF) of Egypt Prof. Amr Hamouda during the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC-UNESCO) Africa chapter meeting in Cairo, Egypt on 10th May, 2022
  • KMFRI CEO Prof. James Njiru (2nd left) met with Prof. Stuart Hamilton (middle) of Salisbury University in the United States today at the KMFRI Nairobi offices to discuss collaboration on new projects.
  • KMFRI CEO Prof. James Njiru (right) with NHIF CEO Dr. Peter Kamunyo during a meeting on 26th January, 2022 to discuss the enhanced comprehensive medical insurance cover for KMFRI staff

Background
Water, as we know, is a sign of life. Indeed, aquatic habitats provide ecosystem services to communities all around the world. Overexploitation, pollution, habitat destruction, and climate change have all put a strain on aquatic ecosystems in recent years, resulting in altered structure and functioning, biodiversity loss, reduced water quality and supply, food insecurity through reduced fish productivity, and a reduction in the quality of a variety of other ecosystem goods and services. This situation is further exacerbated by the impact of climate change on both agricultural productivity and fish production. As fragile ecosystems are threatened, scientific and technological advancements are on the rise, providing practical answers to the aforementioned concerns as well as enhancing ecosystems and communities' resilience and adaptability for a sustainable future.

The Aquatic Resources and Blue Economy Conference (ARBEC), which will be held in Kisumu, Kenya, in November 2022, will bring together researchers, innovators, academia, entrepreneurs, and other stakeholders from around the world to share their experiences and lessons learned about how to use aquatic resources wisely for human sustenance, prosperity, and the blue economy connection. The conference's deliberations will be a step toward achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), such as zero hunger and life under water, among other national and regional development agendas.

Conference Theme
Aquatic resources for a sustainable future and blue economy prosperity.

Conference Subthemes

  1. Fisheries (Fisheries governance and management, fish stocks and ecosystems, resource users including fishers)
  2. Aquaculture (Status, production, technologies, value chains, emerging issues)
  3. Aquatic ecosystem pollution and biomonitoring (Biodiversity, habitat, conservation, climate change, pollution, policy and legal framework, control etc)
  4. Science, technology and innovations in aquatic resources and blue economy (Advances in fisheries, aquaculture, limnology, bioprospecting)
  5. Blue Economy (Maritime, fisheries, minerals, spatial planning, mariculture and freshwater aquaculture, economics, policies and legal framework etc
  6. Plastic and microplastic pollution

Conference dates:
28th  November  - 1st December 2022

Venue:
Kisumu, Kenya

Call for abstracts:
Interested presenters should send an abstract of at least 200 words but no more than 300 words in English* to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 15th August, 2022. Background, purpose, methodology, findings, and conclusions should all be included in the abstract.

By August 31, 2022, the scientific committee will have reviewed all abstracts and will have sent all decision letters. Abstracts might be accepted as poster or oral (PowerPoint) presentations. Presenters who have been accepted to deliver oral presentations must submit a full paper by 30th September, 2022. 

* Once the manuscripts have been reviewed, guidelines for preparing presentations (oral and poster) and manuscripts will be provided. *

Abstract Timeline

1st May, 2022

Call for abstracts open

15th August, 2022:

Deadline for submission of abstracts

15th September, 2022:

Abstract decision letters emailed

1st November, 2022:

Registration deadline for presenters

NB: Persons wishing to submit a paper for consideration in the special issues of international journals should submit their full paper by 30th September 2022

Registration
Registration will open on 1st September, 2022.

Registration fees
Africa and other developing countries

  • Regular fee 100 USD
  • Student fee 70 USD
  • Exhibition fee 500 USD

Developed countries

  • Regular fee 300 USD
  • Student fee 200 USD
  • Exhibition fee 1000 USD

Online (Virtual Participants)

  • Regular fee 100 USD

Host

  • Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute (KMFRI)

Co-hosts

  • African Centre for Aquatic Research and Education (ACARE)
  • Lake Victoria Fisheries Organization (LVFO)
  • GRÓ - Fisheries Training Programme
  • Gatsby Africa
  • Bowling Green State University (BGSU)
  • Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research (GLIER)
  • Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)
  • Calestous Juma Legacy Foundation (CJLF)

 

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