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

Important conference dates

15th July, 2022 - Abstract submission

28th Nov - 1st Dec 2022 - Conference date

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  • 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

The Marine and Coastal Systems (OCS) research directorate has two departments namely marine and coastal fisheries, and oceanography and hydrography.

Marine and Coastal Fisheries 

The Marine and Coastal Fisheries is one of the core research departments for KMFRI. The overall goal of both departments is to provide competent scientific information and data on the sustainable management of marine  and coastal fishery resources through ecosystem approach. The Department is responsible for inventorying and assessment of fish stocks: their spatial and temporal abundance and distribution, fish ecology and biology, and population dynamics. Post-harvest technology and value addition research is also undertaken by the two departments. Post-harvest technology and value addition covers fish handling and processing and investigating and isolating active substances from aquatic plants and animals for medicinal and nutritional values. It also undertakes studies on fish safety and quality assurance.

Fisheries resources are an important source of food in Kenya and fish forms part of the daily diet for our people. Fisheries exploited include the marine or coastal. Thus it is important to manage these resources for sustainable use and develop new ones where appropriate. 


 Oceanography and Hydrography

This Department deals with physical, chemical, biological and geological oceanography of the offshore, inshore and near shore waters. Sea level monitoring is carried out to generate data to forecast tidal variations along the Kenyan coast and to detect extreme oceanic events such as storm surges, cyclones and tsunamis. This Department is also responsible for: research on sustainable use and protection of aquatic resources in marine waters, critical habitats such as mangroves, seagrass beds and corals, monitoring and documenting the physical (including geological) and chemical characteristics (water quality, pollution and nutrient dynamics) of the various aquatic ecosystems to discern natural and/or human induced changes. In addition, the Department undertakes studies on the interrelationships between biota and their aquatic environments in relation to fisheries, aquaculture and conservation of biodiversity. The department promotes integrated coastal Zone Management (ICZM) approach in the management of coastal and marine resources.

The Assistant Director in charge of Oceanography and Hydrography department is Dr. Joseph Kamau


Fisheries Research

This is one of the core research programs for KMFRI. The programme is responsible for inventorying and assessment of fish stocks: their special and temporal abundance and distribution. The program also undertakes studies on the interaction between fisheries organisms and their environment, fish population dynamics, fish diseases from natural causes and due to environmental degradation, and investigates adaptive fishing technologies conducive to our environmental conditions.

Fisheries resources are an important source of food in Kenya and fish forms part of the daily diet for our people. Fisheries exploited include both freshwater and marine or coastal. Thus it is important to manage these resources for sustainable use and develop new ones where appropriate.

The Assistant Director in charge of Marine and Coastal Fisheries department is Dr. Nina Wambiji


Mariculture Research 

 KMFRI has adopted a multidisciplinary programme approach in research based on six research programmes namely, Fisheries, Aquaculture research and development, environment and ecology, natural products and post harvest, socio-economics and information and data management. Two of these programmes namely fisheries and aquaculture are core programmes of the institute. Each programme is headed by a coordinator of which there are 12, six for each research division.

The programme is responsible for investigating new and adoptive culture species and techniques for enhanced fish production in ponds, tanks, raceways, and through cage and pen culture. Similarly, the program undertakes studies on the following: integrated aquaculture production in irrigation systems, -Appropriate seed (fingerlings) production.

  • Feed formulation and production.
  • Hatchery development and operations techniques.
  • Appropriate stocking levels for different production systems.
  • Genetic and hormonal manipulation for increased fish production in aquaculture systems.

The Assistant Director in charge of Marine and Coastal Fisheries department is Dr.. David Mirera

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