Kevin Obiero


• Conducting research on ecology, biology and socio-economic of fisheries, aquaculture and aquatic resource management;

• Conducting research on value addition technologies, marketing and post-harvest loss reduction;

• Transfer of appropriate technology and offering extension services to small-scale fish farmers and consultancy services to commercial farmers and companies;

• Development of research proposals and concept notes, writing technical reports, scientific papers and user manuals on various aspects of aquaculture;

• Supervision of Diploma, Undergraduate and Post graduate students on industrial training, attachments and internships;

• Compilation of quarterly and annual work plans, reports and budgets of the program.
• Member of Sustainable Aquaculture Research Networks in Sub-Saharan Africa (SARNISSA)

• Member of Ecological Society of Eastern Africa (ESEA)

• Member of East African Water Association, Kenya Chapter (EAWA)

• Member of Kenya Institute of Management

• Alumni of Moi University
• March 2016 to Present: University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, Austria. Doctoral Programme in Natural Resources and Life Sciences.

• 2011 to 2012: Kenya Institute of Management, Post-Graduate Diploma in Management (Project Management Option).

• 2009 to 2012: Moi University, Master of Science (M.Sc.) Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences.

• 2003 to 2007: Moi University, Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences

Trainings and Short Courses
• July 2016: Euroleague Summer School (ELLS), Vienna, Austria “Key Challenges in rural development: Bringing economics, management and social sciences into practice”. []

• May 2015: International Course on Agriculture in Transition, Wageningen University, The Netherlands

• August 2014: Environmental Impact Assessment and Environmental Audit Course, University of Eldoret, Kenya

• January to February 2014: Scientific Academic Exchange Program at Graduate School of Fisheries & Environmental Studies, Nagasaki University, Japan

• February to April 2013: FishBase and Fish Taxonomy Training, Royal Museum for Central Africa, Tervuren, Belgium

• March to April 2011: 2nd National Course in Fisheries Hatchery Management in Aquaculture, NARDTC Sagana, Kenya

• August 2010: 1st National Course on Ecosystem and Community based Adaptation to Climate Change, Kenya Wildlife Service Training Institute & Wetlands International, Naivasha, Kenya
Mr. Kevin Obiero is in possession of a M.Sc. Degree in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences from Moi University (currently University of Eldoret) specializing in Fisheries Management and Aquaculture. He is currently pursuing his PhD studies at University of Natural Resource and Life Sciences (BOKU) in Vienna, Austria within the framework of the STRECAFISH project. Prior to starting his PhD research, Kevin has been working as a research scientist at KMFRI’s Sangoro Research Station. He has participated in several national, regional and international research projects and consultancies as co-investigator, collaborator and research assistant. Through these multidisciplinary research activities, he has co-authored nine (9) papers in peer-refereed international journals, four (4) peer-reviewed book chapters, conference proceedings and technical reports, and submitted two (2) manuscripts for consideration for publication in journals.

Considering project management experience, Kevin has previously been involved in the implementation of a public-private partnership (PPP) aquaculture project between KMFRI and Lake and Sea Resources Limited, facilitated by the British Council under the African Knowledge Transfer Partnerships Program. This was a two-year program supported by the UK Government through DFID and was aimed at enhancing partnerships between the private sector, universities and research organizations. He was responsible for the delivery of all project work, including; meeting all corporate project management standards; ensuring progressive reporting at all times to all programme stakeholders; and effective monitoring and evaluation of all project activities.

Research Projects

• July 2015 to July 2018: Strengthening Regional Capacity in Research and Training in Fisheries and Aquaculture for Improved Food Security and Livelihoods in Eastern Africa (STRECAFISH) []. Funded by Austrian Partnership Programme in Higher Education & Research for Development (APPEAR)

• 2013 to 2014: Construction and Rehabilitation of Solar Driers to Improve Quality and Value of Lake Turkana Fish funded by OXFAM GB.

• 2011 to 2014: Kenya Agricultural Productivity and Agribusiness Project (KAPAP) funded by World Bank. Commercializing aquaculture production through sustainable technologies and market linkages.

• 2012 to 2013: Building Public Private Sector Partnership to Enhance the Productivity and Competitiveness of Aquaculture in Eastern and Central Africa (ECA) region (ASARECA OP 1 funded by World Bank)
• Gownaris, N.J. E. Pikitch, J.Y. Aller, L. Kaufman, J. Kolding, K.M.M Lwiza, Obiero K.O., W.O. Ojwang, J.O. Malala, K.J. Rountos. Fisheries and Water Level Fluctuations in the World’s Largest Desert Lake. Ecohydrology [Available online at: ]

• Ogello, E.O., Kembenya, E. M., Obiero, K.O. & Munguti, J.M. (2016) Effects of Nicotina tobacum (Linnaeus) on the survival and behavioural response of the freshwater leeches, Hirudinaria sp., International Journal of Aquatic Sciences 7 (1):19–24.

• Obiero, K.O., Abila, R.O., Njiru, M., Raburu, P.O., Kundu, R., Achieng, A.O., Ogello E.O., Munguti J.M. & Lawrence, T. (2015) The challenges of management: Recent experiences in implementing fisheries co-management in Lake Victoria, Kenya. Lakes and Reservoirs: Research and Management 20: 1–16.

• Githukia, C.M., Ogello E.O., Kembenya E.M., Achieng A.O., Obiero K.O. & Munguti J.M. (2015). Comparative growth performance of male monosex and mixed sex Nile Tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus L.) reared in earthen ponds. Croatian Journal of Fisheries 73: 20–25

• Obiero, K.O., Opiyo M.A., Yongo, E., Kyule, D., Githukia C.M., Munguti J.M. & Charo- Karisa H. (2014). Consumer preference and marketing of farmed Nile Tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus L.) and African Catfish (Clarias gariepinus) in Kenya: Case study of Kirinyaga and Vihiga Counties. International Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Studies 1 (5): 67–76

• Githukia, C.M., Obiero K.O., Manyala J.O., Ngugi C.C. & Quagrainie K.K (2014). Analysis of consumer preference of wild and cultured Nile Tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus L.) and African Catfish, Clarias gariepinus (Burchell 1822) in selected urban centres in Kenya. International Journal of Advanced Research 2 (7): 694–705

• Kyule D. N., Yongo E., Opiyo M. A., Obiero K.O, Munguti J. M. & Charo-Karisa H. (2014). Fish product development and market trials of fish and fish products in Kenya: A case study of Kirinyaga and Meru Counties. Livestock Research for Rural Development. Vol 26, Article #108. Retrieved June 2, 2014,

• Ogello E.O., Obiero K.O. & Munguti J. M. (2013). Lake Victoria and the common property debate: Is the tragedy of the commons a threat to its future? Journal of Lakes, Reservoirs and Ponds 7 (2): 101–126

• Obiero K.O., Raburu P.O., Okeyo-Owuor J.B. & Raburu E. (2012). Community perceptions on the impact of the recession of Lake Victoria waters on Nyando Wetlands. Scientific Research and Essays 7 (16): 1647–1661. Peer reviewed book chapters

• Ojwang W.O., Obiero K.O., Malala J.O., Agembe S., Omondi R., Donde O.O. & Gownaris, N. (2015). Lake Turkana: The world largest permanent desert lake. In: Finlayson C.M., Milton, R., Prentice C (eds.). The Wetland Book: Distribution, Description and Conservation. Springer, Live Reference – ISBN -13 978-9400740006

• Obiero K.O., Wa’Munga P.O., Raburu P.O. & Okeyo-Owuor J.B. (2012). The People of Nyando Wetlands: Socio-economics, Gender and Cultural Issues. In: P.O. Raburu et al. (eds.) Community Based Approach to the Management of Nyando Wetlands, Lake Victoria Basin, Kenya (pp.32-53). McPowl Media Limited, Nairobi, Kenya

• Raburu P.O., Onyango F.O. & Obiero K.O. (2012). The value of consumptive goods and services of Nyando Wetland. In: P.O. Raburu et al. (eds.), Community Based Approach to the Management of Nyando Wetlands, Lake Victoria Basin, Kenya (pp. 53– 67). McPowl Media Limited, Nairobi, Kenya

• Obiero K.O., Raburu P.O. & Masese F.O. (2012). Managing Nyando wetlands in the face of climate change. In: P.O. Raburu et al. (eds.), Community Based Approach to the Management of Nyando Wetlands, Lake Victoria Basin, Kenya (pp.100–121). McPowl Media Limited, Nairobi, Kenya Workshop and Conference Proceedings/Papers

• Obiero, K.O., Boera, P.N. Abwao, J. et al., (2015). Adoption of Appropriate Seed Technologies for Enhanced Fish Production among Fish Farmers in Kenya. KAPAP CGS Collaborative Research Stakeholders Conference, 10–12 June 2015, KALRO Headquarters, Loresho, Nairobi, Kenya.

• Kyule, D. N., Opiyo, M. A., Obiero, K. O., Ogello, E. O., Githukia, C. M., et al., (2015). Performance and efficiency of an improved smoking kiln to reduce fish post-harvest losses. KAPAP CGS Collaborative Research Stakeholders Conference, 10–12 June 2015, KALRO Headquarters, Loresho, Nairobi, Kenya.

• Obiero K. O., Abila R. O., Njiru M., Raburu P. O., Kundu R., Lawrence T. et al., (2015). The Challenges of Management: Recent Experiences in Implementing Fisheries Co-Management in Lake Victoria, Kenya. Consortium for Research in East African Tropical Ecosystems (CREATE) International Conference, 3–6 February 2015, Kisumu Hotel, Kisumu, Kenya.

• Obiero K.O., Opiyo M.A., Yongo E., Kyule D., et al., (2013). Assessing consumer preference and demand for farmed Nile Tilapia and African for improved fish market development in Kenya. ASARECA End of Project and Scientific Conference, 26- 29 November 2013, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

• Charo-Karisa H., Opiyo M.A., Obiero K.O., et al., (2013). Optimizing aquaculture productivity through enhanced seed, feed and appropriate technology adoption in Kenya. 2nd ASARECA General Assembly and Scientific Conference, 9th –13th December 2013, Bujumbura Burundi

• Obiero K.O., Raburu P.O., Okeyo-Owuor J.B. (2010). Community Perceptions on Impact of Recession of Lake Victoria Waters on Nyando Wetlands. Aquatic Resource of Kenya (ARK II) Conference, 16 –19 November, 2010, Naivasha, Kenya.
• Austrian Partnership Programme in Higher Education & Research for Development (APPEAR) funded PhD project
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