RV Uvumbuzi, the anchor research vessel on Lake Victoria on a slipway for routine structural and mechanical checks and service, in preparation for near future research expeditions for blue growth. Built in 2010, the ultramodern offshore grade A steel-plate trawler, whose main parameters include; 18.5 m Length, 2.5 m Draft and 2.5 m beam is fitted with a 250 HP electronic Caterpillar engine for maximum cruise speeds of 15 knotts. She can carry upto 30 people with comfortable seating and unobstructed view of the lake's panorama and onboard accommodation. Navigation equipment include on board General Purpose Trancievers (GPS), radar (Furuno), compass, fish/ depth finder (Furuno), while safety features the life rafts, life jackets, inflatable rubber dingy, VHF radio and satellite phone.
The onboard scientific equipment include the Simrad EK 60 split beam dual frequency (120kHz and 70kHz) echo-sounder system with keel mounted transducers and onboard lab based General Purpose Tranceivers (GPTs), the hydraulic bottom trawler, pellagic trawler, deep freezers and limnological data loggers.
Used in limnological studies, fish stock assessment, microbiology and environmental studies.
KMFRI research vessel MV Uvumbuzi funded by the European Union through the Lake Victoria Fisheries Organization

Inland fisheries

Kenya is endowed with extensive inland waters, covering in all an area of between 10 500 and 11 500 km2 (depending on rainfall/year), Inland fisheries account for about 96 percent of annual total national production. However, it is the country's 6 percent share of Lake Victoria that accounts for almost all of the national freshwater capture fishery catch. Other lakes and rivers of fisheries significance include; Lake Turkana, Baringo and Naivasha. Major rivers include the Tana, Nzoia, Kuja, Yala and Athi/Sabaki. The fisher exploiting this resource are generally small scale Planked canoes, often equipped with dhow-rigged sails, are the usual forms of fishing craft. Gear kits are primarily based on gill nets, long lines, beach seines and 'mosquito' nets.



 ‘R.V. UVUMBUZI” is a modern research vessel for aquatic research and is expected to undertake research providing information leading to informed management decisions for Lake Victoria fisheries and environmental management.  Research undertaken using this vessel will strengthen collaborative work already going on within the East African Community.

The ship is fitted with Multi-parameter limnological equipment including state of the art water quality monitoring system – CTD with a multi-parameter CTM 90 probe and fluorometer proxy sensor capable of self-contained operations up to depths of 100 meters. A SIMRAD EK 60 dual frequency hydro-acoustic scientific echo-sounder provides real time on-board laboratory download displays of distribution and density of fishstocks.  Hydro-acoustic information is supplemented by data from mechanized pelagic (mid water) and bottom trawls.  Research undertaken using this vessel will strengthen collaborative work already going on within the East African Community.

The new stat of the art research vessel has the following additional features:

  • On-board analytical laboratory
  • 15 days resilience for prolonged stay off-shore
  • Adequate rest cabins for crew and scientists
  • State of the art communication equipment including VHF, SSB radios and satellite phones
  • State of the art Navigation equipment and Radar
  • Eco-sounders
  • Samples storage chambers for frozen and toxic substances

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Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute
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