Aquatic Resources and Blue Economy Conference (ARBEC) 2022

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 Subtheme

Fisheries (Fisheries governance and management, fish stocks and ecosystems, resource users including fishers)

Aquaculture (Status, production, technologies, value chains, emerging issues)

Aquatic ecosystem pollution and biomonitoring (Biodiversity, habitat, conservation, climate change, pollution, policy and legal framework, control etc)

Science, technology and innovations in aquatic resources and blue economy (Advances in fisheries, aquaculture, limnology, bioprospecting)

Blue Economy (Maritime, fisheries, minerals, spatial planning, mariculture and freshwater aquaculture, economics, policies and legal framework etc

Plastic and microplastic pollution

Conference dates:
28th  November  - 1st December 2022

Kisumu, Kenya

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 320 USD
  • Student fee 220 USD

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

Please click the form for registration

Conference program 28th November-1st December 2022


Payment details
Pay or transfer direct to KMFRI bank account below

Bank: National Bank of Kenya
A/C N0: 01003023652400
Bank Code:12
Branch Code: 050


PAYBILL NO: 625625
ACCOUNT NO: 01003023652400

Registration details

Conference venue

ARBEC 2022 Conference will be held in the City of Kisumu, Kenya. Kisumu is located on the shores of Lake Victoria at the cusp of the Winam Gulf, at the end of the caravan trail from Pemba, Mombasa & Malindi. The rich history of Kisumu dates back to 1900 with the development of a flying boat jetty. Within the same period, the ‘SS William Mackinnon’ (a 62-ton ship) was reassembled and registered in Kisumu, and made its maiden voyage to Entebbe, marking the beginning of the Lake Marine Services. Additional fleets were introduced in 1902 and 1904 i.e The SS Winifred (1901) and the SS Sybil respectively. The transformation in the maritime sector and railway connection to Kisumu Pier revolutionized both passenger and rail transport in the region strategically placing Kisumu at the heart of the commerce within East Africa and Blue growth. The city boasts of the ‘first hangar in Kenya and entire East Africa’ which has seen transformation to the modern Kisumu International Airport. Kisumu’s growth and prosperity from a Municipality to City Status has stimulated transformation of international business and trade, as well as the shipments of goods destined for Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi, Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo at the helm of Blue economy growth with the revitalization of the Port of Kisumu (

Blue Economy Exhibition and Information Center

Along with the conference, a Blue Economy Exhibition and Information Center will be open to all stakeholders in the blue space. The Center will serve as an Information, Education, and demonstration platform for government agencies, innovators, academia, entrepreneurs, and other stakeholders to showcase their activities.

Exhibition fee 500 USD.

  • The costs for 3 participants with full access to conference sessions and materials
  • Exhibition booth

For more information on exhibition, send an email to & cc.

Host, Co-host, Sponsor Institutions, Accommodation/Hotels and Reservation details



  • 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)
  • Kenya Fisheries Services (KeFS)
  • Kenya Marine Fisheries Socioeconomic Development Project (KEMFSED)
  • Aquaculture Business Development Programme (ABDP)
  • Calestous Juma Legacy Foundation (CJLF)
  • National Research Fund Kenya

Contact us

The Chief Executive Officer
Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute
P.O. Box 81651 - 80100
Mombasa, KENYA

Tel:  +254 (20) 8021561 or 712003853
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