Dr. Mirera is a Senior Research Officer and Mariculture Expert working for KMFRI and leads a team of dedicated scientists in mariculture. Is the brianchild of silvofishery and community mariculture development in Kenya and the Western Indian Ocean Region. Has humble experience in milkfish, mud crab, prawns and mangrove integration. Recently developed an innovation to farm freshwater Nile tilapia in marine waters. Has provided advice in development of mariculture to different countries in the Western Indian Ocean region and to different mariculture investors globally. Has attracted significant research and development funding Nationally, Regionally and Globally. He is a practicing EIA Associate Expert. A publication history of over 20 peer reviewed papers and books and a reviewer in 5 high impact Journals. The broad research interests include; aquaculture innovations (systems, feeds and seed), field and lab based participatory research, capacity building and extension, silvofiheries, mangrove fisheries ecology and community development in all areas of aquaculture/maricultures. Currently Assistant Director Mariculture with a responsibility to enhance innovative research to tap into the blue economy potential.
PhD. Linnaeus University: Science- mud crab ecology and aquaculture
MSc. Egerton University: Natural resource management- Mangrove fisheries
BSc. Moi University: Fisheries – Pond dynamics in aquaculture
Mirera, O. D., and Mosknes, P-O, (2015). Comparative performance of wild juvenile Scylla serrata (Forsskål) in different culture systems: net cages, mangrove pens and earthen ponds. Aquaculture international, 23:155–173
Mirera, O. D., Ochiewo, J., Munyi, F. 2014. Social and economic implications of small-scale mud crab (Scylla serrata) aquaculture: the case of organised community groups. Aquaculture International. 22:1499–1514
Mirera. O. D and Moksnes. P-O (2013). Cannibalistic interactions of juvenile mud crabs (Scylla serrata): The effect of habitat and crab size. African Journal of Marine Science 35: 545-553
Mirera, O. D, Ochiewo J, Munyi F, Muriuki T. (2013). Heredity or tradiional knowledge: Fishing tactics and dynamics of artisanal mangrove crab (Scylla serrata) fishery. Ocean & Coastal Management. 84: 119-129
Mirera O. D. (2012). Mariculture development in Kenya-an overview In Troell, M., Hecht,T., Beveridge, M., Stead, S., Bryceson, I., Kautsky, N., Mmochi, A., Ollevier, F. (eds) (2011) Mariculture in the WIO region – challenges and prospects. WIOMSA Book Series No. 11. viii+59pp.
Mirera, O. D. (2011). Trends in exploitation, development and management of artisanal mud crab (Scylla serrata-Forskall-1775) fishery and small-scale culture in Kenya: An overview. Oceans and Coastal Management. 54: 844 – 855
Mirera H. O. D. (2011). Experimental polyculture of milkfish (Chanos chanos) and Mullet (Mugil cephalus) using earthen ponds in Kenya. Under review- WIO Journal of marine science. 10(1): 59-71
Mirera, O. D., Kairo, J. G., Kimani, E, N and Waweru, F. K. (2010). A comparison in fish assemblages in mangrove forests and on intertidal flats at Ungwana bay, Kenya. African Journal of Aqautic Science, 35 (2): 165-171.
Mirera, O. D. (2009). Mud crab (Scylla serrata) culture, undertanding the technology in a silvofisheries perspective. WIO Journal of Marine science. 8 (1): 127-137