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  • 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
  • Director KMFRI, Prof. James Njiru (seated, 3rd left), ECOFISH representative Mr. Kundu (seated, far right) and Inland Director of Kenya Fisheries Services Dr. Wamalwa (seated, 2nd left) with participants during the planning meeting for the Lake Victoria Frame Survey 2020 on 30th November, 2020 in Ahero, Kisumu County
  • Dr. Edward Kimani giving his presentation when ARCH Emerging Markets with Partners from IDC - Industrial Development Corporation from South Africa visited KMFRI on 12th November, 2020, the engagement revolved around an overview of the blue economy, KMFRI’s role in the blue economy initiatives, and KMFRI’s continued engagement/support in ARCH’s Cold Chain Sector investment in Mombasa
  • KMFRI team led by Dr. Christopher Aura Ag. Deputy Director Freshwater Systems (seated left) joined by the IFAD-ABDP's National Programme Co-ordinator, Mr. Sammy Macaria (seated right) on 29th September to 2nd October, 2020 for report writing workshop on the potential carrying capacity of fisheries production for small water bodies.
  • Director KMFRI Prof. James Njiru (left) with KARLO Institute Director, Dr. Theresia Munga had consultations on the development of KMFRI land in Mtwapa, Kilifi County on 30th September, 2020
  • Principal Secretary, University Education and Research, Amb. Simon Nabukwesi (centre) with CEO of National Research Fund (NRF) and KMFRI Director Prof. James Njiru (left) during a tour of KMFRI cage culture at Kibokoni, Kilifi County, a project funded by NRF on 24th September 2020
  • KMFRI Director Prof. James Njiru, gives a press briefing during the Kenya Climate-Smart Agriculture Project (KCSAP) at KARLO, Naivasha. Prof. Njiru underscored the need for aquaculture farming saying that it is the only way that a country could meet the fish demand in the country as opposed to relying on capture fisheries.
  • KMFRI Director Prof. James Njiru (4th right) accompanied by Mr. Abraham Kagwima (3rd right) and Dr. Dr Peter Odote (far left) visited KEFRI Enterprises on 11th August 2020 to learn how their successful business wing works. The model is being adopted by KMFRI Enterprise.
  • Inception and sensitization meeting: The project implementation team is led by KMFRI with research scientists Dr. Kevin Obiero (left), Dr. Domitila Kyule, Ms. Fonda Jane Awuor and Esther Wairimu.

Ms Nancy Kagau was appointed to the Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute BoM on 9th June 2017 as an alternate member of the PS. She is a Senior Assistant Director of Fisheries in the State Department for Fisheries Aquaculture and the Blue Economy. She rose to the position in 2014, having served ably as Assistant Director (AD) of Fisheries from 2010 to 2014. 

The fisheries expert is pursuing a Masters of Arts Degree in Project Planning and Management at the University of Nairobi. She holds a BSc (Hons) Degree in Zoology and Geography from the same institution. 

As Fisheries AD, she supervised Fisheries County Director in Embu and Provincial Fisheries Officer (Eastern) whose roles included fisheries extension, law enforcement, conservation and protection of aquatic resources, capture fisheries management, value addition and market development. At the provincial level, she managed fisheries resources and was involved in the development of aquaculture, personnel administration and financial management. 

Ms. Kagau’s career took off in 1985, after she landed a job as Fisheries Officer III at Busia District and Fisheries Headquarters where she served until 1987, and then climbed up career ladder to become Fisheries Officer 1&11 at the District Fisheries Office in Malindi, a position she held from 1987 to 1993. In this capacity, she managed fishing activities on Kenyan territorial and EEZ waters, and was the officer in charge of Ngomeni Mariculture Project. 

Her exemplary performance saw her promoted to Senior Fisheries Officer, a position she held from 1999 to 2010. Ms. Kagau’s role expanded to include supervision of fisheries activities in Mwingi, Machakos and Makueni districts. She also supervised Nakuru District Fisheries Officer, whose duties included coordination and implementation of fisheries development programmes, management of Lake Naivasha fishing activities at Ramsar Site, setting up co-management units, enforcing ‘closed’ fishing seasons, demarcating and mapping fish breeding site. 

The highly seasoned fisheries expert has participated in programmes on Water Infrastructure Traded-Offs: Enhancing Capacity for Dialogue and Water Use Decisions WISE-UP; Agripreneurship Among Farm Women at Manage, India; and leadership for the Management of Coastal and Marine Environment workshop by NEMA all in 2017. Ms. Kagau also took part in the development of Fisheries Technology Policy for African Countries KOICA in 2011, Strategic Leadership Development Programme at KIA in 2010, and was also involved in the implementation of ISO 9001:2008 for KEBS in 2009.  Besides doing a comprehensive Fisheries Officers Induction Course at Naivasha Wildlife and Fisheries Training Institute, she attended a Senior Management Seminar at KIA in 2006, Lake Naivasha Catchment Conservation Workshop KWSTI (2001), Project Planning and Proposal Writing Seminar at KIA in 2000, and Integrated Environment Management at KWSTI in 1997. Ms. Kagau also participated in Fish Feed and Feeding programme in Tehag-Hungary in 1988.  

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