Kenya Aquatica

KCSAP Project

Dr. Edward Kimani

Dr. Edward Kimani

My research area is marine fisheries and ecology with over 25 years of research experience covering diverse areas. 

Research interests are fish population dynamics, stock assessment, ecosystem functioning and responses to climate and human induced changes. Fisheries and environmental research survey planning and implementation

Current Research 

  • RV Mtafiti hydro-acoustics and environmental surveys in the Kenya EEZ
  • By-catch assessment and mitigation for management (BYCAM) in the West Indian Ocean region
  • Large pelagic fish stock assessment
  • Shallow water and deep water crustacean trawl fishery assessment
  • Small scale fisheries catch assessment
  • Microplastic pollution in coastal fish marine ecosystems 
KMFRI Mombasa Research Centre
Oceans and coastal System Fisheries
Marine fisheries research, marine and coastal ecosystems functioning, marine ecology and biodiversity conservation
Research area of interest include marine fisheries and ecology. Research areas are fish population dynamics, stock assessment, ecosystem function, climate change conducted through planning and implantation of fisheries and environmental surveys

PhD (Zoology) 
MSc (Marine Science) 
Bsc Honours (Zoology/Botany)

  • Njiru, J. O. Omukoto, E. N. Kimani, C. M. Aura, M. Van der Knaap.2020. Kenya marine fisheries: The next frontier for economic growth? Aquatic ecosystem health and management. 24 (2021) 97–104
  • O. Kerubo, Agnes W. Muthumbi, J. M. Onyari, E. N. Kimani, Deborah Robertson-Andersson Microplastic pollution in the surface waters of creeks along the Kenyan coast, Western Indian Ocean (WIO). WIO Journal of Marine Science 19 (2) 2020 75-88
  • Kamau, N. Ngisiange, O. Ochola, J. Kilionzi, A. Kimeli, S. B. Mahongo, H. Onganda, C. Mitto, B. Ohowa, C. Magori E. Kimani  M. Osore. 2020 Factors influencing spatial patterns in primary productivity in Kenyan territorial waters. WIO Journal of Marine Science Special Issue 1: 9-18
  • GM Okemwa, B Kaunda-Arara & EN Kimani (2019) Patterns of juvenile reeffish recruitment in Kenya’s shallow fringing- lagoon reefs, African Journal of Marine Science, 41:3,291-304, DOI: 10.2989/1814232X.2019.1657497
  • Thoya P, Kaunda-Arara B., Omukoto J., Munga C., Kimani E. Tuda A. (2019) Trawling effort distribution and influence of vessel monitoring system (VMS) in Malindi-Ungwana Bay: Implications for resource management and marine spatial planning in Kenya. Marine Policy
  • Ontomwa M. B., Fulanda B. M., Kimani E. N., Okemwa G. M. (2019) Hook size selectivity in the artisanal handline fishery of Shimoni fishing area, south coast, Kenya. WIO Journal of Marine Science 18 (1 ) 2019 29-46
  • Kosore C, Ojwang, J Maghanga al. 2018. Occurrence and ingestion of microplastics by zooplankton in Kenya's marine environment: first documented evidence. African Journal of marine science 40 (3):
  • Emmanuel K. M., D. Sigana, R. K. Ruwa, E. M. Mueni, C. K. Ndoro, E. N. Kimani. 2018. Assessment of species diversity in nearshore coastal fisheries and implications for the introduction of fish aggregating devices (FADs), (2017). Aquatic Living Resources. 31, 6, 2018
  • Ontomwa, M. B., Okemwa M. G., Kimani N. E. and Obota, C. 2018. Seasonal variation in length–weight relationship and condition factor of thirty fish species in the Shimoni artisanal fishery, Kenya. Acta Ichthyologica Et Piscatoria. 00 (0): 00–00
  • Karama KS, Y. Matshushita, E. Kimani, G. Okemwa, S. Mwakiti, C. Aura 2, S. Ndegwa. 2017. Codend mesh size of beach seine nets influences fish species and size composition in Lamu, north coast, Kenya. WIO Journal of Marine Science 16 (2) 2017 79-88
  • Aura  C. M., Kimani E., Musa S., Kundu K, Njiru (2017) Spatio-temporal macroinvertebrate multi-index of biotic integrity (MMiBI) for a coastal river basin: a case study of River Tana, Kenya. Ecohydrology & Hydrobiology17: 113–124.
  • Okemwa, G.M., B. Kaunda-Arara, E.N. Kimani and B. Ogutu. 2016. Catch Composition And Sustainability Of The Marine Aquarium Fishery In Kenya. Fisheries Research: 183: 19–31.
  • C. M., S. Musa, M. K. Osore, E. Kimani, V. M. Alati, N. Wambiji, G. W. Maina, H. C. Karisa, 2016. Qualification of climate change implications for water-based management: A case study for oyster suitability sites occurrence model along the Kenya coast. Journal of marine systems 165(2017):27-35.
  • Okemwa G. M, B. Kaunda-Arara E.N. Kimani, B. Ogutu, C.O. Obota, H. Ong’anda, M. Ontomwa (2015) Gear based species selectivity and interactions between artisanal and aquarium fisheries in coastal Kenya: implications for reef fisheries management Western Indian Ocean Journal of Marine Science Vol 14 (1): 39 – 51 © 2016
  • Everett B. I., Groeneveld J.C., Fennessy S , Porter S., Munga C. N., Dias N, Filipe O., Zacarias L., Igulu M., Kuguru, B. 5 , Kimani E., Rabarison G., Razafindrakoto H. 2015. Demersal trawl surveys show ecological gradients in Southwest Indian Ocean slope fauna. WIO Journal of Marine Science 14 (1/2); 73-92.
  • Everett, B.I., J.C. Groeneveld, S.T. Fennessy, N. Dias, O. Filipe, L. Zacarias, M. Igulu, B. Kuguru, E. Kimani, C.N. Munga, G.A. Rabarison, H. Razafindrakoto, D. Yemane. 2015. Composition and abundance of deep-water crustaceans in the Southwest Indian Ocean: Enough to support trawl fisheries? Ocean & Coastal Management , 111: 50-61.
  • Kimani, E., G. Okemwa and G. Mwangi. 2015. Culture Suitability of Selected Coral Species for the Ornamental Trade. Western Indian Ocean Journal of Marine Science 13 (1): 11-22.
  • Aloo, P. A., C. N. Munga, E. N. Kimani, S. Ndegwa. 2014. A review of the status and potential of the coastal and marine fisheries resources in Kenya. International Journal of Marine Science 4 (24): 1-9.
  • Fondo E., E. Kimani, C. Munga, C. M. Aura, G. Okemwa, Simon Agembe. 2014. A review of Kenya fisheries research 1970-2009. WIO Journal of Marine Science 13 (2):113-162.
  • Munga, C. N., Omukoto, J.O., E. Kimani, Vanreusel, A. 2014. Propulsion-gear-based characterization of artisanal fisheries in the Malindi-Ungwana Bay, Kenya and its use for fisheries management. Ocean & Coastal Management. DOI: 10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2014.06.006.
  • Munga, C. N., E. Kimani, A. Vanreusel. 2013. Ecological and socio-economic assessment of Kenyan coastal fisheries: the case of Malindi-Ungwana Bay artisanal fisheries versus semi-industrial bottom trawling. A short communication. Africa Focus 26:151-164.
  • Munga, C. N., S. Mwangia, H. Ong’anda, R. Ruwa, J. Manyala, J. C. Groeneveld, E. Kimania, A. Vanreusel. 2013. Species composition, distribution patterns and population structure of penaeid shrimps in Malindi-Ungwana Bay, Kenya, based on experimental bottom trawl surveys. Fisheries Research, 147: 93– 102.
  • Aura C.A., R. O. Anam, S. Musa, and E. Kimani. 2013. Length-Weight Relationship and Condition Factor (K constant) of Dentexmaroccanus,Valenciennes 1830 (Family Sparidae) at Malindi, Kenya Short Communication. Western Indian Ocean J. Mar. Sci. Vol. 12, No. 1, pp. 79-83, 2013.
  • Munga, C., S. Ndegwa, B. Fulanda, J. Manyala, E. Kimani, J. Ohtomi and A. Vanreusel (2012). Bottom shrimp trawling impacts on species distribution and fishery dynamics; Ungwana Bay fishery Kenya before and after the 2006 trawl ban. Fisheries Science. 78: 209 – 219.
  • Aura, C. M., C. N. Munga, E. Kimani. J. O. Manyara, S. Musa. 2011. Length –Weight relationships for nine deep sea fish species off the Kenya coast. Scientific Note. PAJAS 6(2): 188-192.
  • Mbaru E. K. and E. Kimani. 2011. Abundance, Length-Weight Relationship and Condition Factor in Selected Reef Fishes of the Kenyan Marine Artisanal Fishery. Advance Journal of Food Science and Technology (Accepted).
  • Iken, K., B. Konar, L. Benedetti-Cecchi, J. Jose´ Cruz-Motta, A. Knowlton, G. Pohle, A. Mead, P. Miloslavich, M. Wong, T. Trott, N. Mieszkowska, R. Riosmena-Rodriguez, L. Airoldi, E. Kimani, Y. Shirayama, S. Fraschetti, M. Ortiz-Touzet, A. Silva. 2010. Large-Scale Spatial Distribution Patterns of Echinoderms in Nearshore Rocky Habitats. PLoS ONE 5(11): e13845. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0013845.
  • Mbaru E.K., C.M. Mlewa, E. Kimani. 2010. Length–weight relationship of 39 selected reef fishes in the Kenyan coastal artisanal fishery. (Short communication). Fisheries Research (Accepted).
  • Fondo, E. N., E. N. Kimani and D. O. Odongo. 2010. The status of mangrove mud crab fishery in Kenya. East Africa. International Journal of Fisheries and Aquaculture 2(3), pp. 79-86, July 2010.
  • Pohle, G., K. Iken, K. Robert Clarke, T. Trott, B. Konar, J. Jose´ Cruz-Motta, M. Wong, L. Benedetti-Cecchi, A. Mead, P. Miloslavich, N. Mieszkowska, R. Milne, L. Tamburello, A. Knowlton, E. Kimani, Y. Shirayama. 2011. Aspects of Benthic Decapod Diversity and Distribution from Rocky Nearshore Habitat at Geographically Widely Dispersed Sites. PLoS ONE 6(4): e18606. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0018606.
  • Konar, B., K. Iken, J. Jose´ Cruz-Motta, Lisandro Benedetti-Cecchi, Ann Knowlton, Gerhard Pohle, Patricia Miloslavich, Matt Edwards, Thomas Trott, Edward Kimani, Rafael Riosmena-Rodriguez, Melisa Wong, Stuart Jenkins, Angelica Silva, Isabel Sousa Pinto, Yoshihisa Shirayama. 2010. Current Patterns of Macroalgal Diversity and Biomass in Northern Hemisphere Rocky Shores. PLOs One 5 (10) e13195.
  • Fulanda, B., Ohtomi, J. Mueni E. and E. Kimani 2011. Fishery Trends, resource use and management systems in the Ungwana bay fishery, Kenya. Oceans & Coastal Management, 54(3).
  • Mirera, D.O, Kairo, J.G, Kimani, E.N and Waweru, F. 2009. Dynamics of mangrove fish in the forests and beach flats within a mangrove ecosystem at Ungwana Bay, Kenya. Afican Journal of Aquatic Science.
  • Kimani, E. N., K. M. Mavuti, T. Mukiama and N. Wambija. 2008. Settlement of macrofauna on pearl oyster collectors in Kenya. Western Indian Ocean Journal of Marine Science, 7 (1): 1-7.
  • Huxham, M, Kimani, E. N. and J. Augley. 2008. The fish community of an East African Mangrove: the effect of turbidity and distance. Western Indian Ocean Journal of Marine Science, 7(1): 111-117.
  • Wambiji, N., Ohtomi J., Fulanda B., Kimani E., Kulundu N., & Hossain M.Y. 2008. Morphometric Relationship and Condition Factor of Siganus stellatus (Forsskal 1775), S. canaliculatus (Park 1979) and S. sutor (Valenciennes 1835) (Pisces: Siganidae) from the Western Indian Ocean. South Pacific Studies 29(1), 2008: 33-46.
  • Haxham, M. E. N. Kimani and J. Augley. 2007. Stable isotope records from otoliths as tracers of fish migration in a mangrove system. Journal of fish Biology 70: 1554-1567.
  • Kimani, E. N., K. M. Mavuti and T. Mukiama. 2006. The reproductive cycle of the pearl oyster Pinctada imbricata in Gazi bay, Kenya. Tropical Zoology 19: 159-174.
  • Mavuti K. M., Kimani, E. and T. K. Mukiama. 2005. The growth patterns of the pearl oyster Pinctada margaritifera in Gazi bay, Kenya. African Journal of Marine Science 27(3): 567-575.
  • Huxham M., E. N. Kimani and J. Augley. 2004. Mangrove fish: A comparison of community structure between forested and cleared habitats. Estuary Coastal and Shelf Science 60: 637-647.
  • Kimani E. N and K. M. Mavuti. 2002. The abundance and population structure of pearl oyster, Pictada margaritifera1758 (Bivalvia; Ptriidae) in Kenya. Western Indian Ocean Journal of Marine Science 2:169-179.
  • Kimani E. N. 1996. The larval development and juvenile growth of the silver mouth turban, Turbo argyrostomus (Mollusca, Prosobrachia). Asian Journal of Marine Biology 13; 105-116.
  • Kimani E. N., G.K. Mwatha, E.O. Wakwabi, M. J. Ntiba and B.K. Okoth. 1996. Fishes of a shallow tropical mangrove estuary, Gazi, Kenya. Marine and Fresh Water Research 47:857-68.