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Dr. David Mirera

Dr. David Mirera

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.

KMFRI Mombasa
Aquaculture and fisheries development
Mariculture and fisheries research and development

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

David O. Mirera, Intertidal mangrove boundary zones as nursery grounds for the mud crab Scylla serrata. African Journal of Marine Science  Volume 39, Issue 3, Pages 315-325, November 2017
David O. Mirera, Status of the mud crab fishery in Kenya: A review. Western Indian Ocean Journal of Marine Science VOLUME 16, 1, Pages 35-45, December 2017
Moksnes, P-O, Mirera, O. D, Bjorkvik, E, Hamad, I. D, Mahudi, H. M, Nyqvist1, D, Jiddawi, N, Troell, M. (2015). Natural growth of Scylla serrata in East Africa: A valuable tool for assessing growth of mud crabs in aquacultures. Aquaculture research, 46, 2938–2953 

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