Kenya Aquatica

KCSAP Project

Morine Mukami Ngarari

Morine Mukami Ngarari

Morine is a passionate aquaculturist who has over the 15 years’ experience in this field having worked in both freshwater and marine aquaculture. As a research scientist at KMFRI, Morine has been involved in successful implementation and reporting of four (4) aquaculture related projects. She is currently involved in implementation of six (6) ongoing research and developmental projects with national, regional and international collaborators. This has sharpened her skills in project management as well as teamwork. She has been strengthening her professional skills over the years by undertaking over 17 trainings on her area of expertise. The recent courses being the value of systems thinking in relation to food security and Aquaculture Smallholder Business Development. These will help her to deliver results in an efficient and well-informed manner. She has developed networking opportunities by attending more than 20 professional conferences, seminars and workshops. She is a pragmatic strategist who is able to focus on key issues and results to meet organizational priorities and make the necessary critical decisions to see them through. She has the ability to manage challenging task schedules while working in complex and highly demanding environments.

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KMFRI Mombasa Research Centre
Aquaculture – Mariculture section
Artemia culture, Remote sensing, GIS, Environmental managementt
Improving community livelihoods through production of Artemia cyst biomass and cysts and eventually developing the aquaculture industry nationally, regionally and internationally

PhD in BioScience Engineering ongoing at the Artemia Research Center of Ghent University, Belgium

2010: Environmental Information Systems (GIS and Remote Sensing) Moi University, Eldoret, Kenya

2005: B.Sc. Hons (Fisheries), Moi University, Eldoret, Kenya   

  • Mwaluma J., Mirera D., Magondu E., Mukami M., Wainaina M., Nyabeta J., Kimathi A., Wanjiru C. (2021). In Munguti et al., (Eds). State of Aquaculture in Kenya 2021: Towards Nutrition-Sensitive Fish Food Production Systems. Techplus Media House, Nairobi, Kenya. Chapter 4: pp 58-88.
  • Mirera,D.O., Kimathi, A., Ngarari, M., Magondu, E.W., Wainaina, M and Ototo, A (2020). Societal and environmental impacts of seaweed farming in relation to rural development: The case of Kibuyuni village, south coast, Kenya. Ocean and Coastal Management 194.
  • Mwaluma J., Mirera D., Magondu E., Mukami M., Wainaina M., Nyabeta J., Kimathi A., Wanjiru C. (2020). Marine and Coastal Aquaculture: Production, Status and Prospects. In: Munguti et al., (Eds). State of Aquaculture in Kenya 2020: Towards Nutrition -Sensitive Fish Food Systems; Chapter 3: Pages 26–44. Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute, Mombasa, Kenya.
  • Ngarari, M, M and Mirera O. D (2018). Artemia policy brief: Artemia/Brine shrimp (Artemia franciscana) production in Kenya “Towards efficient larval rearing in hatcheries”. KMFRI Mariculture Publication No. 004/2018.
  • Ngarari, M. M., Okalo, F. A., Nyonje, B. M., Ochuodho D., Mirera H. O. D., Mwaluma, J., and Wainaina, M. (2018). A Farmers’ Manual on the Production of Artemia in Kenyan Salt Ponds. KMFRI Mariculture Publication No. 003/2018.
  • Mwaluma J., Mirera D., Magondu E., Mukami M., Wainaina M., Nyabeta J., Kimathi A., Wanjiru C. (2020). Marine and Coastal Aquaculture: Production, Status and Prospects. In Munguti JM, Ochiewo JO, Orina PS, Musa S, Mwaluma J, Mirera DO Kairo J, and Njiru JM (Eds) 2017. State of Aquaculture in Kenya. Laxpress Services Kenya pp 27-36.
  • Ngarari, M.M. (2010). Use of GIS and Remote Sensing in assessing aquaculture sites in Embu District, Kenya. MPhil Dissertation. Moi University. 

Project Assignments and Awards

  • Aquaculture of Seaweeds and Fish: Opportunities ror Blue Economic Empowerment and Covid-19 Resilience of Fisher Women in Kenya (Blue-Empowerment). Funded by IDRC. (2021 – 2024) Co-Investigator
  • Developing a Data-Driven Communication Platform for Improving Farmed Fish Distribution in Kenya – Funded by SFTC UK. (2021 – 2022) – Co-Investigator
  • Optimizing Artemia Production Technology for Sustainable Aquaculture Development (APTSAD), Food Security and Economic Growth for the East African Coastal Communities, MASMA Project funded by WIOMSA (2020-2022) – Co-PI
  • Commercialization of mariculture of tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus) and rabbit fish (Siganus argenteus) in Kibokoni, Mwazaro and Kijiweni for better livelihoods of fisher communities in Kilifi and Kwale Counties” project. A sub-grant through the EU-KARLO AgriFI Climate Smart Agriculture Productivity Project (2020-2022). Team Member
  • “Diversifying blue livelihoods through holistic ocean farming” project. Funded by the Bridge Spark Fund 2020 Team Member
  • Development of Milkfish (Chanos chanos) and Kimarawali (Stolephorus delecatulus) Solar Drying-Cooling Technology, Value Addition and Quality Assurance (SolCoolDry project). Funded by BMEL – Germany (2018-2022) Team Member
  • Establishment of the 1st Marine Hatchery in Kenya at Shimoni, Kwale County. An Institutional Infrastructure Support Project funded by NRF – Kenya. Team Member (2019 – 2021)
  • Design and optimization of marine cage culture systems for rabbitfish (Siganus argenteus) and tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus) in Kwale and Kilifi County (DOCS). A collaborative multi-disciplinary Project funded by NRF – Kenya (2018-2020) Team Member
  • Screening Antibacterial Activity of Eucheuma denticulatum extracts against Selected Vibrio Species Pathogenic to Fish (APSP) Project. Funded by WIOMSA (2018-2019)– Project Coordinator
  • Improvement of the living standard of rural communities in Kenya through Artemia production in coastal saltworks. Funded by VLIR – Belgium (2010-2015) - Project Coordinator


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Membership to professional bodies

  • Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD) Full Membership (Member ID: 11536)
  • Member of the Aquatic Network (Member ID: 785)
  • Member of World Aquaculture Society (WAS) (Member No.: 20170420)
  • Member of Women in Marine Science (WiMS) Network.
  • Sustainable Aquaculture Research Networks in Sub Saharan Africa (SARNISSA) Member