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  • PS SDFA & BE Dr Francis Owino (centre), KMFRI BoM Chair Hon John Mumba (2nd right), KMFRI Director Prof James Njiru (left) during a courtesy call to Mombasa County commissioner Mr Gilbert Kitiyo.
  • The newly appointed Principal Secretary SDFA & BE Dr Francis O. Owino (seated centre) during his maiden visit at KMFRI Mombasa headquarters on 2nd March 2021.
  • Kenya Launches a coral reef fish project (Funded by Japan/FAO) to improve food security, livelihoods and maritime safety through increased resilience of coastal fishing communities
  • KMFRI Mombasa Center Director, Dr. Eric Okuku (centre) representing KMFRI Director and Assistant Director (Projects & Collaborations/CD Shimoni) Dr. James Kairo (right), meet Dr. Mathieu Guerin from France Embassy to explore possible research collaboration with French institutions.
  • KMFRI Director, Prof. James Njiru (right) exchange MoU with VC Pioneer International University, Dr Gideon Maina (left), this SDFA & BE MoU is on several areas of collaboration that includes Kenya Fisheries Services. The ceremony was witnessed by outgoing PS Prof. Micheni Ntiba on on 22nd Feb. 2021at Kilimo House, Nairobi
  • KMFRI Director, Prof. James Njiru (right) and Mombasa CD, Dr. Erick Okuku during the World Wetlands day on 2nd February, 2021 held at Sabaki Estuary, the celebration was officiated by the CS for Environment and Forestry Mr. Keriako Tobiko who led government officials and communities in planting mangrove trees
  • Director KMFRI Prof. James Njiru (right) with Deputy Director Freshwater System, Dr. Christopher Aura (centre) and Ag. ADF, Kenya Fisheries Services, Mr. Simon Munguti (left) during the Launch of Electronic Catch Assessment Survey (e-CAS) system and Stake Holder’s Engagement and dissemination Workshop on Environmental Clean-up and Mentorship Framework at Sosa Cottages in Vihiga County on 4 - 5th Jan, 2021

KMFRI Joins Hands with Stakeholders to Fight Marine Pollution

 By Dr Christopher Aura Mulanda,  Dr Chrisphine Nyamweya, Mr Horace Owiti Onyango and Mr Patrick Otuo

 Pollution is among the major challenges threatening the health of oceans, lakes and beaches. When the integrity and wellbeing of the Lakes and their basins is compromised, human health will be at risk, considering that many people depend on seafood as their source of protein.

A study conducted by researchers from Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute (KMFRI) has cited litter from urban centers, households and tourism as the main source of environmental pollution.

KMFRI Director/CEO Prof James Njiru officially signing the KLDVP document

This litter is washed through surface run offs, slopes, and rivers to become beach and coastal pollution thus degrading the ecosystem of the Lakes and their basins.

A collaborative agreement by stakeholders involved in marine environment conservation in Kenya has seen a formation of Kenya Lake Debris Volunteer Programme (KLDVP), to provide a voice for the aquatic environment, in a bid to achieve a litter free coastal environment.

The secretariat of this social action programme will be hosted at KMFRI-Kisumu and will spearhead mobilization of volunteers to get out to their local beaches and help limit the litter problem by cleaning up garbage along the beaches and banks.

While participating in the cleaning, volunteers will go beyond picking up trash to record each item collected on a standardized data form in order to identify ways of eliminating coastal litter in the future.

Apart from cleaning up the coastlines, they will also educate participants and the public on the importance of keeping the coast free of debris in order to influence positive behavioral change and to encourage greater interest and eventual participation in beach cleanups.

The cumulative result is not only a cleaner and healthier coastline but also a raised consciousness for accessible actions that people can integrate into their lives in order to promote healthy beaches on a daily basis.

KMFRI Director/CEO Prof James Njiru presents the KLDVP Document to White Oaks Student, Miss Michelle Muchilwa


Marine and Coastal Systems

Freshwater systems