David Mirera


• Development of community mariculture currently focusing on mud crabs, milkfish and prawns.
• Aquaculture technology innovation and extension
• Innovator of mangrove silvofishery in Kenya
• Fish ecology especially mangrove fisheries
• Community empowerment in mariculture
• Consultant in aquaculture/mariculture development
• Member- Western Indian Ocean marine science Association
• Registered EIA expert
• Member of the WIO mariculture forum
• Reviewer ocean and coastal management
• World aquaculture society
• Society of wetland scientists
• Society of Conservation biology
• PhD. Linnaeus University: Science- mud crab ecology and aquaculture
• MSc. Egerton University: Natural resource management- Mangrove fisheries
• BSc. Moi University: Fisheries – Pond dynamics in aquaculture
Dr. Mirera is the brainchild of silvofishery in Kenya and East Africa through milkfish, mud crab and mangrove integration. A team play in mariculture development in the Western Indian Ocean region and has overseen the development of the sector in the over the last 12 years. The broad research interests include; aquaculture innovations (systems, feeds and seed), field and lab based participatory research, capacity building and extension, silvofiheries, mangrove fisheries ecology and community development in all areas of aquaculture/mariculture. Authored more than 11 papers in pear reviewed high impact journals plus technical reports and participated in several national, regional and international conferences/seminars/workshop/scientific symposiums. Currently work in the aquaculture program as research scientists tasked with development of finfish and shellfish aquaculture technologies.
• Moksnes, P-O, Mirera, O. D, Bjorkvik, E, Hamad, I. D, Mahudi, H. M, Nyqvist1, D, Jiddawi, N, Troell, M. (2015). Natural growth of Scylla serrata in East Africa: A valuable tool for assessing growth of mud crabs in aquacultures. Aquaculture research, 46, 2938–2953
• Mirera, O. D., and Mosknes, P-O, (2015). Comparative performance of wild juvenile Scylla serrata (Forsskål) in different culture systems: net cages, mangrove pens and earthen ponds. Aquaculture international, 23:155–173
• Mirera, O. D., Ochiewo, J., Munyi, F. 2014. Social and economic implications of small-scale mud crab (Scylla serrata) aquaculture: the case of organised community groups. Aquaculture International. 22:1499–1514
• Mirera. O. D and Moksnes. P-O (2013). Cannibalistic interactions of juvenile mud crabs (Scylla serrata): The effect of habitat and crab size. African Journal of Marine Science 35: 545-553
• Mirera, O. D, Ochiewo J, Munyi F, Muriuki T. (2013). Heredity or tradiional knowledge: Fishing tactics and dynamics of artisanal mangrove crab (Scylla serrata) fishery. Ocean & Coastal Management. 84: 119-129
• Mirera O. D. (2012). Mariculture development in Kenya-an overview In Troell, M., Hecht,T., Beveridge, M., Stead, S., Bryceson, I., Kautsky, N., Mmochi, A., Ollevier, F. (eds) (2011) Mariculture in the WIO region – challenges and prospects. WIOMSA Book Series No. 11. viii+59pp.
• Mirera, O. D. (2011). Trends in exploitation, development and management of artisanal mud crab (Scylla serrata-Forskall-1775) fishery and small-scale culture in Kenya: An overview. Oceans and Coastal Management. 54: 844 – 855
• Mirera H. O. D. (2011). Experimental polyculture of milkfish (Chanos chanos) and Mullet (Mugil cephalus) using earthen ponds in Kenya. Under review- WIO Journal of marine science. 10(1): 59-71
• Mirera, O. D., Kairo, J. G., Kimani, E, N and Waweru, F. K. (2010). A comparison in fish assemblages in mangrove forests and on intertidal flats at Ungwana bay, Kenya. African Journal of Aqautic Science, 35 (2): 165-171.
• Mirera, O. D. (2009). Mud crab (Scylla serrata) culture, undertanding the technology in a silvofisheries perspective. WIO Journal of Marine science. 8 (1): 127-137
• Sustainable aquaculture technologies for IORA member countries focusing on prawns and marine tilapia (2015-2016)
• Population dynamics and culture of mud crab (Scylla serrata) under IFS (2011 – 2016)
• Implementation of World Bank funded project dubbed Kenya Coastal Development Project (KCDP) in the aquaculture sub component since 2009 to date.
• Enhancing food security among coastal fisher communities; promoting small scale mariculture technologies in Kilifi creek- NCST (2010- 2015)
• Training communities on silvofisheries as a strategy for mangrove conservation- WWFefn (2007 and 2010)
• Small-scale, community-based, grow-out aquacultures of mud crabs Scylla serrata as a sustainable livelihood in East Africa-WIOMSA-MASMA (2009 – 2012)
• Silvofisheries as a strategy for mangrove conservation along the Kenyan coast - Toyota environmental activities program (2008-2010)
• Advocacy for community participation in mangrove conservation- CDTF (2008-2009)
• Sustianable management of mangrove ecosystems through small scale mariculture as an alternative livelihood for coastal communities in Kenya – ReCoMAP (2009-2010)

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