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This Month
  • National Assembly Agriculture Committee Chair Hon Silas Tiren (seated 4th left) with his committee members pose for a photo with KMFRI BoM Chair Hon John Mumba (seated 2nd right) with his Board members and KMFRI DG Prof James Njiru at KMFRI, Mombasa, on 27th July 2021.
  • PS-SDFA & BE Dr. F. Owino, DG KMFRI Prof J. Njiru, DG KeFS D.Mungai, Fisheries Secretary Ms. L. Obungu for Fisheries and other stakeholders at the 2020 Frame Survey Validation Workshop at Kisumu Hotel on Saturday, 5th June, 2021
  • PS SDFA & BE Dr Francis Owino KMFRI BoM Chairman Hon John Safari Mumba, KMFRI DG Prof James Njiru held an interactive meeting with KMFRI scientists on 25/05/2021
  • KMFRI DG Prof James Njiru with NRF top officials who included Board member Prof Walter Oyawa, who paid him a courtesy call on 18/05/21.
  • Dr. Odoli (far left), Dr. Nyamwea (far right) and Ms. Safina Musa (second right) with participants during the sensitization for cage farmers (women groups) in Homa Bay County on fish value addition from 10th to 13th May 2021.
  • On 7th May, 2021 Director General KMFRI Prof. James Njiru (3rd left) joined CS Wildlife & Tourism in the launch of National Wildlife Census 2021 at Shimba Hills National Reserve, Kwale County. With them was DG KWS Brig (Rtd) J. Waweru (R), DG KMA R.Njue (4th L), Dr P.Omondi Director WRTI (2nd L). Census will also include Marine Mega Fauna along Kenya coast
  • KMFRI Director General, Prof. James Njiru (3rd right) with Governor Uasin Gishu County, HE Jackson Mandago (centre) and other County Officials in Eldoret during a consultative meeting on 3rd May, 2021 to establish KMFRI Station in the County
  • 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

The committee set up by KMFRI Management to develop the Institute’s Intellectual Property Policy (IPP) conducted a very successful session at Kisumu centre on 18th and 19th November 2021. This followed a similar exercise conducted in Mombasa on 3rd and 4th November, 2021. The outcome of the session in Kisumu was an elaborate draft KMFRI IPP document developed using guidelines for academic and research Institutions in Kenya as prescribed by the National Commission for Science, Technology and Innovation (NACOSTI) in collaboration with Kenya Intellectual Property Institute (KIPI). The 23 page draft Policy comprised 15 clear Articles and has proposed the establishment of KMFRI Intellectual Policy Management Office (IPMO) for consideration by the Board of Management.

Cross-section of participants during the KMFRI Intellectual Property Policy sensitization session in Kisumu

Similar to the session at Mombasa Centre, the exercise started by training participants on IPP and legal issues, which was conducted by staff from NACOSTI and KIPI. Participants from Kisumu Centre were: Dr. Christopher Aura, Mr. James Keyombe, Mr. Zablon Awuondo, Mr. Geoffrey Wafula, Mr. Patrick Otuo, Dr. Joseph Nyaundi, Mr. Morara Basweti, Mr. Naphtaly Mwirigi, Mr. Job Mwamburi, Ms. Pauline Onyango, Ms. Tabitha Onyango, Ms. Grace Manyala, Mr. Joshua Nyamao, Mr. Peter Wawiye, Mr. Joseph Mulukurwa, Ms. Julia Obbat, Mr. Richard Asuma and Mr. Hosea Kipkoech.

At the commencement of the exercise in Kisumu, the Committee Chair, who also chairs the Committee on Research Policy - Dr. Jacqueline Uku, welcomed the delegation comprising the participants representing various sections and departments at Kisumu Centre as well as the IPP Committee Members.  

Below is an excerpt from the Chair’s opening remarks.

Dr. Jacqueline Uku, IPP Committee Chair

“I wish to welcome all members to this capacity building session where we will be trained on Intellectual Property issues.  I recognize that majority of the work programmes at KMFRI are of intellectual nature and yet awareness on how best to harness and protect our creations, innovations and inventions is very low.  

I serve as the Chairperson of both Committees of Research Policy and Intellectual Property Policy. Members include Mr. Harrison Ong’anda (Secretary), Dr. Christopher Aura, Dr. Melckzedeck Osore, Mr. Patrick Gwada, Dr. Peter Odote, Dr. Nina Wambiji, Dr. Gladys Okemwa, Dr. Jacob Ochiewo and Dr. Charles Magori. Our vision as a committee is not only to review and revise the existing policies, but also to ensure their full implementation for the benefit of KMFRI researchers”. 

“We are very grateful to be here in Kisumu and wish to thank our hosts led by the Acting Kisumu Center Director, Mr. James Last, for the warm welcome. Our training begun in Mombasa and as we pass on the knowledge in Kisumu, we are happy to state that our aim is to finalize the draft policy by the close of this week. I wish to acknowledge the support of Mr. Godfrey Kalerwa from NACOSTI and Ms. Concelia Were from KIPI for providing us with technical support in the review of the KMFRI IPP. Our existing old policy was developed in 2010 and the new one will seek to incorporate best practices in this area”.


“The road map of the review process includes having further inputs from KMFRI researchers on the working draft pending finalization. As a committee, we are ambitious in our desire to uplift our work in this area so that KMFRI scientists and the nation at large can benefit from this product not only now, but also in the future”.

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