Kenya Aquatica

  • PS SDFA & BE Dr Francis Owino (centre), KMFRI BoM Chair Hon John Mumba (2nd right), KMFRI Director Prof James Njiru (left) during a courtesy call to Mombasa County commissioner Mr Gilbert Kitiyo.
  • The newly appointed Principal Secretary SDFA & BE Dr Francis O. Owino (seated centre) during his maiden visit at KMFRI Mombasa headquarters on 2nd March 2021.
  • Kenya Launches a coral reef fish project (Funded by Japan/FAO) to improve food security, livelihoods and maritime safety through increased resilience of coastal fishing communities
  • KMFRI Mombasa Center Director, Dr. Eric Okuku (centre) representing KMFRI Director and Assistant Director (Projects & Collaborations/CD Shimoni) Dr. James Kairo (right), meet Dr. Mathieu Guerin from France Embassy to explore possible research collaboration with French institutions.
  • KMFRI Director, Prof. James Njiru (right) exchange MoU with VC Pioneer International University, Dr Gideon Maina (left), this SDFA & BE MoU is on several areas of collaboration that includes Kenya Fisheries Services. The ceremony was witnessed by outgoing PS Prof. Micheni Ntiba on on 22nd Feb. 2021at Kilimo House, Nairobi
  • KMFRI Director, Prof. James Njiru (right) and Mombasa CD, Dr. Erick Okuku during the World Wetlands day on 2nd February, 2021 held at Sabaki Estuary, the celebration was officiated by the CS for Environment and Forestry Mr. Keriako Tobiko who led government officials and communities in planting mangrove trees
  • 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
Dr. Nina Wambiji
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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 (https://bycamwio.weebly.com/).

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
Fisheries
Fisheries biology and ecology, stock assessment, Fish genetics, Marine mega fauna research, Marine biodiversity data management, conservation
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nwambiji@gmail.com

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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marpol.2020.103960
  • 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: https://doi.org/10.2989/1814232X.2019.1705392
  • 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, https://doi.org/10.3897/BDJ.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