Kenya Aquatica

  • National Assembly Agriculture Committee Chair Hon Silas Tiren (seated 4th left) with his committee members pose for a photo with KMFRI BoM Chair Hon John Mumba (seated 2nd right) with his Board members and KMFRI DG Prof James Njiru at KMFRI, Mombasa, on 27th July 2021.
  • 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
Dr. Eric Okuku
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Dr. Eric Okuku

Dr Okuku has over 18 years in marine research ranging from marine ecology, pollution, plankton, biotoxins. He has lately been involved marine litter assessments, ocean acidification and use of radioisotopes to reconstruct pollution history and determine sediment accretion rates. He has coordinated more than 20 project in the last 18 years and has published a number of peer reviewed articles.

KMFRI Mombasa
Oceanography and Hydrography
Marine ecology and pollution studies
Biogeochemistry, ecotoxicology, radioecology, ocean acidification, biotoxins, Marine Litter
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ochiengokuku2003@yahoo.com
  • Phd (Kathilieke University of Leuven, Belgium),
  • Msc (VUB, Belgium),
  • BSc (Moi University, Kenya)

Key achievements:

  1. Spearheaded the development of the first Kenya national marine litter management action plan
  2. Successfully coordinated 12 projects, the latest ones being:
  • Marine Litter Dynamics and Monitoring in The Coastal Waters of Mombasa City, Kenya: An Input to Source Reduction and Place Based Management Initiatives
  • From trash to the pockets: a community approach to reduction of marine litter pollution
  • The impact of ocean acidification on seafood safety, food and nutrition security along the Kenyan Coast”
  • Strengthening of The National Capacity for Monitoring Ocean Carbon Chemistry and Its Impacts on Coastal Ecosystems and Human Livelihoods (2019) (ongoing).
  • Supporting an Integrated Approach for Marine Pollution Monitoring Using Nuclear Analytical Techniques project
  • Supporting an Integrated Approach for Marine Pollution Monitoring Using Nuclear Analytical Techniques project
  • Enhancing Regional Capability in assessment of Marine contamination in Africa project

Membership:

  • Regional expert on marine litter and microplastics in WIO region by Nairobi convention
  • Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association
  • Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC)

  • Okuku, E. O., Kiteresi, L., Owato, G., Otieno, K., Omire, J., Kombo, M. M., ... & Ndwiga, J. (2021). Temporal trends of marine litter in a tropical recreational beach: A case study of Mkomani beach, Kenya. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 167, 112273.
  • Okuku, E., Kiteresi, L., Owato, G., Otieno, K., Mwalugha, C., Mbuche, M., ... & Omire, J. (2021). The impacts of COVID-19 pandemic on marine litter pollution along the Kenyan Coast: a synthesis after 100 days following the first reported case in Kenya. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 162, 111840.
  • Okuku, E. O., Kiteresi, L. I., Owato, G., Mwalugha, C., Omire, J., Mbuche, M., ... & Brenda, G. (2020). Baseline meso-litter pollution in selected coastal beaches of Kenya: Where do we concentrate our intervention efforts? Marine Pollution Bulletin, 158, 111420.
  • Okuku, E. O., Kiteresi, L. I., Owato, G., Mwalugha, C., Omire, J., Otieno, K., ... & Mulupi, L. (2020). Marine macro-litter composition and distribution along the Kenyan Coast: The first-ever documented study. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 159, 111497.
  • Okuku, E. O., Kiteresi, L. I., Wanjeri, V. O., & Owato, G. O. (2020). Baseline survey of sediment contamination with 210Polonium in three peri-urban creeks of Mombasa, Kenya. Marine pollution bulletin, 154, 111040.
  • Okuku E.O., Wanjeri V.W, Owato G., Mwalugha C (2019). Decadal Pollution Assessment and Monitoring Along the Kenya Coast (Book chapter)
  • Okuku E.O,  Bouillon, M. Tole and A. V. Borges (2019). Diffusive emissions of methane and nitrous oxide from a cascade of tropical hydropower reservoirs in Kenya (Accepted for publication: Lakes and Reservoirs: Research and Management)
  • Okuku E. O., Mwakio T., Kiteresi L. I. & Bouillon S. (2018). Role of a cascade of reservoirs in regulating downstream transport of sediment, carbon and nutrients: Case study of tropical arid climate Tana River Basin: DOI: 10.1111/lre.12206.
  • Okuku E. O., Mwakio T., Kiteresi L. I. & Bouillon S. (2016). The response of phytoplankton and zooplankton to river damming in three cascading reservoirs of the Tana River, Kenya. Lakes and Reservoirs: Research and Management 2016 21: 114–132.
  • Okuku E. O., Mwakio T., Kiteresi L. I. & Bouillon S. (2016). Role of a cascade of reservoirs in regulating downstream transport of sediment, carbon and nutrients: Case study of tropical arid climate Tana River Basin: DOI: 10.1111/lre.12206.
  • Okuku E. O., Mwakio T., Kiteresi L. I. & Bouillon S. (2016). The response of phytoplankton and zooplankton to river damming in three cascading reservoirs of the Tana River, Kenya. Lakes and Reservoirs: Research and Management 2016 21: 114–132.
  • Okuku E. O., Mwakio T., Ochiewo J. O., Munyi F., Kiteresi L. I. & Bouillon S. (2015). The impacts of hydropower development on rural livelihood sustenance. International Journal of Water Resources Development.DOI:10.1080/07900627.2015.1056297.
  • Borges V., Darchambeau F., Teodoru C. R., Marwick T. R., Tamooh F., Geeraert N., Omengo F. O., Guérin F., Lambert T., Morana C., Okuku E. O.& Bouillon S. (2015). Globally significant greenhouse-gas emissions from African inland waters. Nature Geoscience. DOI: 10.1038/NGEO2486.
  • WanjeriO., Okuku E. O., Ohowa B. & Kosore C (2013). An insight into ecotoxicological significance of PAHs contamination in selected Kenyan estuaries: Journal of Environmental Science and Water Resources. 2(5): 157-166.
  • Ongore C. O, Okuku E. O., Mwangi S. N., Kiteresi L. I., Ohowa B., Wanjeri V. O., Okumu S. & Kilonzi J (2013). Characterization of nutrients enrichment in the estuaries and related systems in Kenya coast. Journal of Environmental Science and Water Resources: 2(6): 181-190.
  • Okuku O.& Peter H. K. (2012). Choice of heavy metals bioindicator: a critique of the method that uses total heavy metals. International Journal of Environmental Research. 6(1): 313-322.
  • Kiteresi L. I., Okuku O., Mwangi S. N., Ohowa B., Wanjeri V. O., Okumu S. & Mkono M. (2012). The influence of land based activities on the phytoplankton communities of Shimoni-Vanga system. International Journal of Environmental Research. 6(1) 151-162.
  • Okuku E. O., Ohowa B., Munga D., Mwangi S. N., Kiteresi L. I., Wanjeri V. O., Okumu S. & Kilonzo J. (2011). Sewage pollution in the coastal waters of Mombasa City, Kenya: A norm rather than an exception. International Journal of Environmental Research. 5(4): 865-874.
  • Okuku E. O., Mubiana V. K., Hagos K. G., Kokwenda P. & Blust R. (2010). Bioavailability of Sediment-Bound Heavy Metals Using BCR Sequential Extraction on the East African CoastWestern Indian Ocean Journal of Marine sciences. 9(1): 325-334.