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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.

KMFRI’s researchers, working within a collaborative framework in the Lake Victoria Fisheries Organization’s (LVFO’s) Catch Assessment Working Group, have innovatively developed an electronic tool kit for routine small-scale fisheries data collection. The electronic Catch Assessments Survey (eCAS) system is a novel data collection tool which capitalizes on cutting edge technology to improve conventional research processes in an integrated way. In a bid to offer solutions to major challenges in manual recording of fish catches such as, printing costs, non-sampling errors, time lag in reporting and data insecurity, the e-CAS application provides avenues for paperless data collection, intelligent validations, real time transmission, and  a hybrid cloud data security.

Official launch of the electronic Catch Assessment (e-CAS) System by the CEO of KMFRI in a Stakeholder’s Conservation Workshop at Sosa Cottages, Vihiga County, 5th, Jan, 2021. Inset from left: Representative of KeFS. Mr. Simon Munguti (left), Ag. Deputy Director, FWS, Dr. Christopher Aura (centre) and KMFRI Director/CEO, Prof. James Njiru (right)

The system characteristics include: registered user accounts which determine specific user rights; a data insertion module with measurable targets; adaptable reports across user groups; and summary statistics that provide useful snapshots of resource dynamics. In spite of its ease of accessibility on google play, the e-CAS application requires admission rights for further use. This feature is meant to cushion the application from misuse or cyber-crimes. The infrastructural requirements for operationalizing the system include a smartphone, a server, and cloud back-up for data storage. On the other hand, the human resource requirements include a manager, administrator, supervisor and enumerators. The system is flexible enough to hold other study modules and provides a platform for integrated research data management.

KMFRI has received infrastructural support from the LVFO-GIZ’s project on “Responsible Fisheries Business Chains in Lake Victoria”. Currently, four routine Kenyan surveys are hosted in the system within unique modules, namely, Electronic Fish Marketing System (EFMIS), Economic and Financial Impact Assessment (EFIA) and Frame Surveys. There are prospects for expansion of the scope of e-CAS in order to facilitate data collection in Ocean and Coastal Systems (OCS) for improved reporting towards sound policy development, better decision-making and responsible fisheries management.

While launching the e-CAS system for data collection in Kenya Fresh Water Systems (FWS) KMFRI-Kisumu, KMFRI’s Director, Prof. James Njiru lauded the innovation and underscored the institute’s commitment to adopt it in routine data collection, with prospects for expansion into Ocean and Coastal Systems’ research.

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