ARBEC 2022

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

Important conference dates

15th July, 2022 - Abstract submission

28th Nov - 1st Dec 2022 - Conference date

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Kenya Aquatica

KCSAP Project

Chepkemboi Labatt

Chepkemboi Labatt

I have worked on the benthic systems for over 7 years supporting different research teams studying the Kenyan critical habitats. I have skills in M&E, long-term trend analysis and marine biogeographic data management with OBIS and WoRMS. Before I left for studies, I was documenting the biodiversity of the marine benthic ecosystems and was investigating the use benthic foraminifera as indicators of ecosystem health in different marine habitats along the Kenyan Coast.

Currently, I am a Rising from the Depths PhD researcher for Ulster University, Coleraine, UK (as of May 2019) looking at marine cultural heritage of the East African coast for sustainable development. My topic will seek to define the interactions between fishery practices, traditional management and ecological conditions of coastal communities of Kenya and Tanzania (see I look forward to mixing social science with contemporary science to achieve broader understanding of sustainable coastal fishing communities (see

Research Network: Research Gate

KMFRI Mombasa
Oceanography and Hydrography
Marine Benthic Ecology and Phytoplankton Ecology
Ecosystem functioning, Ecosystem Health, Biodiversity, Benthic ecology, Small Scale Fisheries, Traditional Ecological Knowledge

PhD (ongoing)

MSc Marine and Lacustrine Science and Management (Oceans and Lakes 2016) 
BSc Applied Aquatic Sciences (2006) 
International Post-Graduate Training in Tropical Limnology (IPGL) 

Kamau, J., Ochola, O., Ohowa, B., Mitto, C., Magori, C., Labatt, C., ... & Kyewalyanga, M. S. (2020). Employing multivariate analysis to determine the drivers of productivity on the North Kenya Bank and in Kenyan territorial waters. Western Indian Ocean Journal of Marine Science, (1/2020), 33-41 DOI: 10.4314/wiojms.si2020.1.4


Labatt, C.K., M’Erimba C.M., and Kitaka, N. (2014). The Ecological integrity of the Nyangores River, Kenya In: The 8TH Egerton University International Conference Njoro, Kenya, 26-28th March 2014

Labatt, C.K., M’Erimba C.M., and Kitaka, N. (2012). Determining ecological integrity of the Nyangores River using macroinvertebrate index of biotic integrity. In: The LVBC/EAC 3rd Scientific Conference, Entebbe-Uganda 22- 23rd October 2012