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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.
Dr. Nina Wambiji

Dr. Nina Wambiji


She is a Senior Research Officer with 14 years of experience in various multidisciplinary aspects of marine research. Conducts research on fisheries biology and ecology, stock assessment, fish genetics, marine mammal’s research in the Western Indian Ocean Region and marine biodiversity data management through global databases OBIS and WoRMS/AfReMaS. She is entering her 2nd term as the Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association (WIOMSA) Country Coordinator- 2019- 2021. Responsible for collecting and disseminating scientific information on fisheries and other aquatic resources to fisher communities, the County Government and policy makers. Also supervises undergraduate students taking up coastal and marine sciences subjects. Laboratory and fish handling techniques (Extraction and processing of total RNA, cDNA synthesis, DNA, gene expression analysis, cloning procedures, sequence analysis and aquaculture practices). Population genetics analysis (MEGA6, DNasp, Arlequin, PopART and Statistical analysis (STATISTICA 6.0, SPSS and PRIMER E programs). She has been involved in 11 projects (globally, regionally and nationally). She has published several papers in SCI-indexed journals of fisheries. Finalized a MASMA Project-BY-Catch Assessment and Mitigation in Western Indian Ocean Fisheries (BYCAM) Project-2015-2017 funded by WIOMSA. The project looked into bycatch assessment and mitigation of marine megafauna (whales, dolphins, shark, rays and sea turtles in the WIO region funded by WIOMSA (

Currently working on a Pew Marine fellowship -Strengthening data collection and capacity building for effective conservation and management of billfish in the Western Indian Ocean region and a MASMA Project- Billfish Interactions, Livelihoods, and Linkages for Fisheries sustainability in the Western Indian Ocean (BILLFISH - WIO).


Professional links

She is an AWARD Fellow 2013

Australian African Awardee 2019

Research Networks: ResearchGate

KMFRI Mombasa Research Centre
Fisheries biology and ecology, stock assessment, Fish genetics, Marine mega fauna research, Marine biodiversity data management, conservation

University of the Ryukyus-Okinawa, Japan Ph.D. (Fish Physiology)

Barkatullah University, Bhopal, India MSc. (Limnology)

Dr. B.R. Ambedkar University, Agra, India- BSc. (Biology)

  • Andrew James Temple, Selina M Stead, Narriman Jiddawi, Nina Wambiji, Nicholas K Dulvy, Ellen Barrowclift, Per Berggren, 2020. Life-history, exploitation and extinction risk of the data-poor Baraka’s whipray (Maculabatis ambigua) in small-scale tropical fisheries
    Journal of Fish Biology, 1–12. DOI:10.1111/jfb.14425
  • Kadagi, N.I., Wambiji N., and Swisher M.E., 2020. Potential for conflicts in recreational and artisanal billfish fisheries on the coast of Kenya. Marine Policy, Volume 117, 103960.
  • P Thoya, S Pérez-Jorge, GM Okemwa, H Mwamlavya, A Tuda, N Wambiji & JM Maina (2020) Spatial patterns and environmental risks of ringnet fishing along the Kenyan coast, African Journal of Marine Science, 42:1, 23-33, DOI: 10.2989/1814232X.2019.1705392 To link to this article:
  • Temple, A.J., Wambiji, N., Poonian, C.N.S., Jiddawi, N., Stead, S. M., Kiszka, J.J., Berggren, P. (2019). Marine megafauna catch in southwestern Indian Ocean small-scale fisheries from landings data. Biological Conservation 230 113–121
  • Temple, A.J., Kiszka, J.J., Stead, S. M., Wambiji, N., Brito, A., Poonian, C.N.S., Amir, O.A., Jiddawi, N., Fennessy, S.T., Pe´rez-Jorge, S., Berggren, P. (2017). Marine megafauna interactions with small-scale fisheries in the southwestern Indian Ocean: a review of status and challenges for research and management. Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries. DOI: 10.1007/s11160-017-9494-x
  • Aura, C.M., Musa, S., Osore, M.K., Kimani, E., Alati, V.M., Wambiji, N., Maina, G.W., Charo-Karisa, H. (2017). Quantification of Climate Change Implications using oyster suitability sites occurrence Model along the Kenya Coast. Journal of Marine Systems 165: 27–35
  • Daphnis De Pooter, Ward Appeltans, Nicolas Bailly, Sky Bristol, Klaas Deneudt, Menashè Eliezer, Ei Fujioka, Alessandra Giorgetti, Philip Goldstein , Mirtha Lewis, Marina Lipizer, Kevin Mackay ,Maria Marin, Gwenaëlle Moncoiffé, Stamatina Nikolopoulou, Pieter Provoost, Shannon Rauch, Andres Roubicek, Carlos Torres, Anton van de Putte , Leen Vandepitte, Bart Vanhoorne, MatteoVinci, Nina Wambiji, David Watts, Eduardo Klein Salas, Francisco Hernandez (2017). "Toward a new data standard for combined marine biological and environmental datasets - expanding OBIS beyond species occurrences"-Biodiversity Data Journal 5: e10989,
  • Ngisiang'e, N., Rimiru, R., Okeyo, G., and Wambiji, N. (2016). Multi-Agent Systems and Distributed Constraint Satisfaction for Decision Support in Marine Ecosystem Management. Journal of Computer Science & Systems Biology 9(5). DOI: 10.4172/jcsb.1000233
  • Okello, C., Tomasello, B., Greggio, N., Wambiji, N., and Antonellini, M., (2015). Impact of Population Growth and Climate Change on the Freshwater Resources of Lamu Island, Kenya. Water, 7, 1264-1290; doi: 10.3390/w7031264
  • Okello, C., Antonellini, M., Greggio, N., Wambiji, N., (2014). Freshwater resource characterization and vulnerability to climate change of the Shela aquifer in Lamu, Kenya. Environmental Earth Sciences