Kenya Aquatica

KCSAP Project

Esther Magondu

Esther Magondu

Ms. Esther Wairimu is a Research Scientist at Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute (KMFRI). She has been working under marine aquaculture research division with an experience of more than 6 years. Her research interest covers; fish nutrition, selective breeding, brood stock management, seed production, ornamental fish culture and population genetic studies on fish.

She is involved in on farm training of fish farmers and coastal community groups for technology transfer.

She has been a project investigator of three donor funded projects one from Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association (WIOMSA) investigating on fish nutrition   and two from The National Research Fund (NRF) a research fund on seaweed farming methods and an innovation grant on seaweed value addition.

Esther has published 7 papers in peer reviewed journals, developed technical reports, policy briefs, and participated in regional and local seminars, workshops, conferences, and open days.

Research Networks : Research Gate

KMFRI Mombasa Research Centre
Fish nutrition, Fish breeding, culture systems
Research on aquaculture nutrition, working on aquaculture community projects that offer solutions to fish farmers, Fish breeding and genetics to offer better strains for culture and domestication, Fish health and management.

2010 to 2012     Master of Science degree in Aquaculture and Marine                                                                                               Resources Management Wageningen University, The Netherlands.

2004 to 2008      Bachelor of Science Degree in Fisheries and Aquatic                                                                                             Sciences, Moi University, Eldoret, Kenya.

  • Nyamora J. M., Nyakeya K., Magondu, E.W., Mwihaki, G.and Muya,J (2018). Long Line Seaweed Farming as an alternative to other Commonly used Methods in Kenyan Coast, KMFRI, Kenya Aquatica Journal Vol 4 (1): 23-28.
  • Munguti, J.M., Obiero, K. O., Orina, P.S., Musa, S., Mwaluma, J., Mirera, D., Ochiewo, J. Kairo, J. and Njiru J.M. Magondu E.W (Eds.) (2018). The State of Aquaculture in Kenya. Laxpress Services, Nairobi, Kenya. 133 p. ISBN: 978-9966-109-82-8.
  • Nyakeya, K., Raburu, P.O., Odipo, O., Masese, F.O., Tsuma, J., Nyamora, J.M.,  Magondu, E.W., Gichana, Z.M.,  Ondiba, R.N., Jepkosgei, M. and Kemunto D.  (2017). A comparative study on emergence and abnormalities of the Chironomus species as bioindicators of riverine ecosystems in the Lake Victoria Basin, Kenya, African Journal of Tropical Hydrobiology and fisheries 2 (2): 126-133 .
  • Magondu, E. W., Mokaya, N.M., Ototo. A., Kobingi, N., Nyamora, J. 2016 Growth performance of milkfish (Chanos chanos Forsskal) fed on formulated and non-formulated diets made from locally available ingredients in Kenya, South coast region. International Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Studies; 4(1): 288-293
  • Magondu, E.W., Charo-Karisa, H., Verdegem, M.C.J., Kobingi, N. 2015. Enhancing productivity of Labeo victorianus ponds using maize flour as a carbohydrate source . Aquaculture Nutrition 21, 942-951.
  • Magondu, E.W., Charo-Karisa, H., Verdegem, M.C.J. 2013. Effect of C/N ratio levels and stocking density of Labeo victorianus on pond environmental quality using maize flour as a carbon source. Aquaculture, 410-411: 157-163
  • Magondu, E.W., Rasowo, J., Oyoo-Okoth, E., Charo-Karisa, H. 2011.  Evaluation of sodium chloride (NaCl) for potential prophylactic treatment and its short-term toxicity to African catfish Clarias gariepinus (Burchell 1822) yolk-sac and swim-up fry. Aquaculture, 319 (1-2), pg. 307-310.



  • Member Western Indian Ocean Marine Sciences Association (WIOMSA)
  • Member of Sustainable Aquaculture Research Networks in Sub Saharan Africa (SARNISSA)
  • Member of Wageningen University of Life Sciences, The Netherlands Alumni
  • Member of Red Cross Society of Kenya