John Okechi


• Culture and propagation of selected freshwater species
• Aquaculture production socio-economics and marketing
• Ornamental fish culture
• Cage culture
• Dissemination of aquaculture technologies to communities/target groups
• Wetland fisheries management and sustainable utilization
• Biodiversity conservation of freshwater indigenous species
• Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association (WIOMSA)-member
• Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC)-UNESCO-member
• Sustainable Aquaculture Research Networks in Sub Saharan Africa (SARNISSA)-member
• Lake Victoria Research Initiative (VicRes) Aquaculture Cluster-member
• East African Water Association (EAWA)-member
• AFRAKEN-member
• M.Sc.– Aquaculture (with distinction), University of Ghent, Belgium.
• B.Sc.- Agriculture (2nd Class Hons), University of Nairobi, Kenya.
• 2015 to date: The Potential for Aquaculture in Lake Victoria and Implications for Wild Fisheries and Fish Commodity Markets. Project funded USD 355,652(approximately: Kshs 35,565,200) by NSF, USA. Duration: 4 years (1st September 2015 to 31st August 2019). Responsible for aquaculture issues and biodiversity conservation of indigenous species, [http://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1518532]

• 2010- 2011: FSD Project: KMFRI/CIRAD/CAPA collaborative project. Responsibility - Project Coordinator.

• Selective fish breeding for quality seed to enhance aquaculture production in Kenya, a project funded by GoK. Responsibility- Member of the research team.

• 2003-2009: VicRes project titled “The Development and dissemination of appropriate breeding technologies for wetland Clariid fishes in the Lake Victoria basin, East Africa”. Sida/Sarec funded project. Responsibility-Team Leader (Kenya).

• 2000-2005: Aquaculture sub-component, Lake Victoria Environmental Management Program (LVEMP), World Aquatic ecology Bank Project. Position-Task Coordinator. Responsibility: Preparation of annual work plans, quarterly progress and annual reports. Harmonization of aquaculture regional activities (Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania).

• 2000-2002: Aquaculture Program Coordinator (Inland waters). Responsibility: Leader of research program, develop an efficient and functional research team, provide annual work plans and budget, member of the research division committee, identify and coordinate projects of the research program and achieve set targets of the program.

• 2000-2002: Administrative. Station Coordinator: KMFRI Sangoro Aquaculture Station. In-charge of station administration and coordinate aquaculture research activities at the station.
• Rutaisire, J., Okechi, J., Boera, P. and Ssekaayi, J. 2010. Epidemiological Factors Affecting Survival of African Catfish (Clarias gariepinus) Larvae, Fry and Fingerlings in Hatcheries in Uganda.Pages 195-204. In Mdegela,R., Rutaisire, J., Obua, J. and Okoth, S (Eds). Fisheries & Aquaculture.Proceedings of the Cluster Workshop.Inter-University Council for East Africa. Lake Victoria Research Initiative. ISBN: 978-9970-452-01-9.
• Rutaisire J., Kabenesa C., Okechi J., K and Boera, P., N. 2007. Integration of Gender Issues in Wetland Clariid Fish Production and Acquisition of Technology for their Breeding in the Lake Victoria Basin. Pages 115 – 132. In Fiona Flintan and Shibru Tedla (Eds). Gender and Social Issues in Natural Resource Management. ISBN: 978-99944-55-19-5.
• Okechi, J.K., Pall, J., 2005. Profitability Assessment of Fish Farming in Lake Victoria Basin, Kenya: A Case study of the African Catfish (Clarias gariepinus). Project submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Fisheries Training Programme, Marine Research Institute, Reykjavik, Iceland.63p.Website: http://www.unuftp.is/Proj04/OkechiPRF04.pdf.
• Okechi, J.K. 1999. Optimization in the Closed Re- Circulation Rearing Technique of the Rotifer Brachionus plicatilis. MSc, Thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the academic degree of Master of Science in Aquaculture. University of Gent, Gent, Belgium. 71 p.
• Okechi, J.K., Polovina, J. J. 1995. An evaluation of artificial shelters in the artisanal Spiny Lobster fishery at Gazi Bay, Kenya. S. Afri. J. Mar. Sci. 16: 373 –376.
• Awarded Certificate of Appreciation by The Science Clubs of Kenya and French Embassy, Nairobi for coordinating Ngere High School/KMFRI Aquaculture Club (February 2012-January 2013) during “The Popularization of science in Kenya through Secondary School Science Clubs (Aquaculture Project) with the help of former Kenyan students of France Institutions (AFRAKEN)”.
• Project Title: Hatchery operations: An emphasis on African Catfish (Clarias gariepinus) seed/fingerlings production.

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John Okechi
Culture and propagation of fish species


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