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This Month
  • PS-SDFA & BE Dr. F. Owino, DG KMFRI Prof J. Njiru, DG KeFS D.Mungai, Fisheries Secretary Ms. L. Obungu for Fisheries and other stakeholders at the 2020 Frame Survey Validation Workshop at Kisumu Hotel on Saturday, 5th June, 2021
  • PS SDFA & BE Dr Francis Owino KMFRI BoM Chairman Hon John Safari Mumba, KMFRI DG Prof James Njiru held an interactive meeting with KMFRI scientists on 25/05/2021
  • KMFRI DG Prof James Njiru with NRF top officials who included Board member Prof Walter Oyawa, who paid him a courtesy call on 18/05/21.
  • Dr. Odoli (far left), Dr. Nyamwea (far right) and Ms. Safina Musa (second right) with participants during the sensitization for cage farmers (women groups) in Homa Bay County on fish value addition from 10th to 13th May 2021.
  • 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

By Dr Edward Kimani & Mary Ontomwa

Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute (KMFRI) is set to begin a two-month mid-water trawl survey this week under the Kenya Blue economy initiative. The survey is part of the ongoing stock assessment of the Kenya’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) pelagic fisheries study which commenced in April 2020. The survey is aimed at evaluating the small and medium pelagic fish stocks including small tuna, sardines, mackerel and kingfish in the Kenya EEZ.

FV Jonas vessel at Liwatoni Fishing Port

The objectives are to characterize the small and medium pelagic fish species and biomass including stock sizes and harvestable levels in the Kenya EEZ, to determine the occurrence of potential by-catch alongside the fish being targeted, as well as characterize the primary productivity and physical environment of the Kenya EEZ including fronts, thermoclines and currents from CTD casts. CTD stands for Conductivity, Temperature and Depth, and each cast collects data underwater to help scientists understand the characteristics of the ocean such as currents, its composition and how it changes overtime. The goal is to provide information to support the investment and sustainable use of fisheries resources within the Kenya’s EEZ.

The surveys will be implemented using the FV Jonas in two cruises: the South coast and Pemba Channel, and the North Kenya Banks to be undertaken during 15 days each following sampling stations coordinates determined for the survey.  The cruises will commence in March to end in April 2021. Each cruise will be manned by a team of six scientists and technical staff drawn from KMFRI, Kenya Fisheries Service, and local universities supported by the officers and crew of the vessel. The vessel is equipped with fish finding equipment and fishing gear as well as oceanographic equipment.

 Each of the surveys is expected to deliver a cruise report and technical reports, fisheries and oceanography data sets, whole specimen samples for curation, and reference and scientific publications in peer reviewed international journals.

The main outcomes expected from the results of the two surveys are to improve the data and information available to support science-based investment and use of pelagic fish resources, improve economic activity based on the pelagic fish resources in the Kenya EEZ, and improve the research and technical capacity in pelagic fisheries research.

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