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This Month
  • On 7th May, 2021 Director General KMFRI Prof. James Njiru (3rd left) joined CS Wildlife & Tourism in the launch of National Wildlife Census 2021 at Shimba Hills National Reserve, Kwale County. With them was DG KWS Brig (Rtd) J. Waweru (R), DG KMA R.Njue (4th L), Dr P.Omondi Director WRTI (2nd L). Census will also include Marine Mega Fauna along Kenya coast
  • KMFRI Director General, Prof. James Njiru (3rd right) with Governor Uasin Gishu County, HE Jackson Mandago (centre) and other County Officials in Eldoret during a consultative meeting on 3rd May, 2021 to establish KMFRI Station in the County
  • 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

A research team of KMFRI in collaboration with other agencies undertakes a rapid forensic investigation on the possible causes of the mysterious deaths reported for sea turtles at Marereni, Kilifi county.

Marereni Beach Management Unit (BMU) and Marereni Biodiversity Conservancy (MABICO) reported 59 cases of mysterious deaths of sea turtles between 1st January and 17th February 2021.

Kenya has a total of five species: the green turtle, Chelonia mydas, hawksbill turtle, Eretmochelys imbricata, loggerhead turtle, Caretta caretta, olive ridley turtle, Lepidochelys olivacea, and the leatherback turtle, Dermochelys coriacea, with each associated with a critical conservation status based on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). This calls for multi-agency collaborations to help their conservation.

KMFRI is working in collaboration with Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), Kenya Fisheries Service (KeFS), Kenya Coast Guard (KCG), BMU and Conservancy to determine the likely cause of this upsurge in turtle deaths.

While the causes of these deaths could be wide-ranging, the team led by Dr Gladys Okemwa and Dr Thomas Mkare is on a specific mission to find out whether some of the deaths reported for sea turtles could be associated with problems such as parasites, bacteria, viruses, harmful algae and plants.

Marine and Coastal Systems

Freshwater systems