The Aquatic Resources and
Blue Economy Conference (ARBEC), will be held in Kisumu, 
Kenya, in November 2022 

Important conference dates

15th August, 2022 - Abstract submission

28th Nov - 1st Dec 2022 - Conference date

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Kenya Aquatica

KCSAP Project

Water, as we know, is a sign of life. Indeed, aquatic habitats provide ecosystem services to communities all around the world. Overexploitation, pollution, habitat destruction, and climate change have all put a strain on aquatic ecosystems in recent years, resulting in altered structure and functioning, biodiversity loss, reduced water quality and supply, food insecurity through reduced fish productivity, and a reduction in the quality of a variety of other ecosystem goods and services. This situation is further exacerbated by the impact of climate change on both agricultural productivity and fish production. As fragile ecosystems are threatened, scientific and technological advancements are on the rise, providing practical answers to the aforementioned concerns as well as enhancing ecosystems and communities' resilience and adaptability for a sustainable future.

The Aquatic Resources and Blue Economy Conference (ARBEC), which will be held in Kisumu, Kenya, in November 2022, will bring together researchers, innovators, academia, entrepreneurs, and other stakeholders from around the world to share their experiences and lessons learned about how to use aquatic resources wisely for human sustenance, prosperity, and the blue economy connection. The conference's deliberations will be a step toward achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), such as zero hunger and life under water, among other national and regional development agendas.

Conference Theme
Aquatic resources for a sustainable future and blue economy prosperity.

Conference Subthemes

  1. Fisheries (Fisheries governance and management, fish stocks and ecosystems, resource users including fishers)
  2. Aquaculture (Status, production, technologies, value chains, emerging issues)
  3. Aquatic ecosystem pollution and biomonitoring (Biodiversity, habitat, conservation, climate change, pollution, policy and legal framework, control etc)
  4. Science, technology and innovations in aquatic resources and blue economy (Advances in fisheries, aquaculture, limnology, bioprospecting)
  5. Blue Economy (Maritime, fisheries, minerals, spatial planning, mariculture and freshwater aquaculture, economics, policies and legal framework etc
  6. Plastic and microplastic pollution

Conference dates:
28th  November  - 1st December 2022

Kisumu, Kenya

Call for abstracts:
Interested presenters should send an abstract of at least 200 words but no more than 300 words in English* to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 15th August, 2022. Background, purpose, methodology, findings, and conclusions should all be included in the abstract.

By August 31, 2022, the scientific committee will have reviewed all abstracts and will have sent all decision letters. Abstracts might be accepted as poster or oral (PowerPoint) presentations. Presenters who have been accepted to deliver oral presentations must submit a full paper by 30th September, 2022. 

* Once the manuscripts have been reviewed, guidelines for preparing presentations (oral and poster) and manuscripts will be provided. *

Abstract Timeline

1st May, 2022

Call for abstracts open

15th August, 2022:

Deadline for submission of abstracts

15th September, 2022:

Abstract decision letters emailed

1st November, 2022:

Registration deadline for presenters

NB: Persons wishing to submit a paper for consideration in the special issues of international journals should submit their full paper by 30th September 2022

Registration will open on 1st September, 2022.

Registration fees
Africa and other developing countries

  • Regular fee 100 USD
  • Student fee 70 USD
  • Exhibition fee 500 USD

Developed countries

  • Regular fee 300 USD
  • Student fee 200 USD
  • Exhibition fee 1000 USD

Online (Virtual Participants)

  • Regular fee 100 USD


  • Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute (KMFRI)


  • African Centre for Aquatic Research and Education (ACARE)
  • Lake Victoria Fisheries Organization (LVFO)
  • GRÓ - Fisheries Training Programme
  • Gatsby Africa
  • Bowling Green State University (BGSU)
  • Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research (GLIER)
  • Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)
  • Calestous Juma Legacy Foundation (CJLF)