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. Nina Wambiji

Dr. Nina Wambiji

Dr. Nina Wambiji is a Senior Research Scientist having worked at the Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute (KMFRI), Mombasa, Kenya for the last 17 years. She is the Assistant Director responsible for the Fisheries Section at KMFRI. In her personal capacity, she is a Marine Fisheries scientist with experience in various multidisciplinary aspects of fisheries biology and ecology, stock assessment, fish genetics, marine mammal’s research in the Western Indian Ocean Region and marine biodiversity data management through global databases Ocean Biodiversity Information System, World Register of Marine Species and African Register of Marine Species ( She works on Rabbitfishes, marine megafauna (whales, dolphins, sharks, rays and sea turtles) and most recently billfishes. She studied Limnology from India and then proceeded to Japan for her doctorate in Marine and Environmental Sciences (Fisheries science). She has successfully led various national and regional projects and is currently the Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association (WIOMSA) Country coordinator for Kenya. She has been a recipient of various fellowships: she is also an African Women in Research and Development (AWARD) fellow 2013 sponsored by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. AWARD is a mentorship and leadership program for African Scientists and the African Biosciences Challenge Fund (ABCF) fellowship October 2014-April 2015 at Biosciences eastern and central Africa at the International Livestock Research Institute (BecA-ILRI, Nairobi) where she was trained on the latest techniques in molecular genetics which unravelled the mysteries in the identification of Siganids in Kenya. She is an Australia Awards Africa alumni of the 2019 cohort which was impactful in embracing the Blue Economy agenda. 

She has recently finalized a MASMA Project-BY-Catch Assessment and Mitigation in Western Indian Ocean Fisheries (BYCAM) Project-2015-2017 funded by WIOMSA. The project looked into bycatch assessment and mitigation of marine megafauna (whales, dolphins, shark, rays and sea turtles in the WIO region funded by WIOMSA ( 

In 2020, she won a Pew Marine fellowship and is currently working on Strengthening data collection and capacity building for effective conservation and management of billfish in the Western Indian Ocean region in collaboration with a MASMA Project- Billfish Interactions, Livelihoods, and Linkages for Fisheries sustainability in the Western Indian Ocean (BILLFISH-WIO). This ensures that the project is run in all 10 Western Indian Ocean countries (

With her work in fisheries, she aims to improve the lives of coastal people, especially women. Her research entails understanding the fish catches, the fishing methodologies and their influences on the fisheries, persons involved and the habitat therein so as to estimate the stocks. She is also very dedicated on marine data management. With collaborations with other institutions she is concerned with who works on what, where and how is their data and information archived all for the management of our biodiversity and future generations. 

KMFRI Mombasa Research Centre
Fisheries biology and ecology, stock assessment, Fish genetics, Marine mega fauna research, Marine biodiversity data management, conservation
  • University of the Ryukyus-Okinawa, Japan Ph.D. (Fish Physiology)
  • Barkatullah University, Bhopal, India MSc. (Limnology)
  • Dr. B.R. Ambedkar University, Agra, India- BSc. (Biology)

  • Nelms, S.E., Alfaro-Shigueto, J., Arnould, J.P., Avila, I.C., Nash, S.B., Campbell, E., Carter, M.I., Collins, T., Currey, R.J., Domit, C. and Franco-Trecu, V., 2021. Marine mammal conservation: over the horizon. Endangered Species Research, 44, pp.291-325.
  • Kadagi, N.I., Wambiji, N., Belhabib, D. and Ahrens, R.N., 2021. Ocean safaris or food: characterizing competitive interactions between recreational and artisanal billfish fisheries on the coast of Kenya. Ocean & Coastal Management, 201, p.105432.
  • Kadagi, N.I., Wambiji, N., Fennessy, S.T., Allen, M.S. and Ahrens, R.N., 2021. Challenges and opportunities for sustainable development and management of marine recreational and sport fisheries in the Western Indian Ocean. Marine Policy, 124, p.104351.
  • Andrew James Temple, Selina M Stead, Narriman Jiddawi, Nina Wambiji, Nicholas K Dulvy, Ellen Barrowclift, Per Berggren, 2020. Life-history, exploitation and extinction risk of the data-poor Baraka’s whipray (Maculabatis ambigua) in small-scale tropical fisheries
    Journal of Fish Biology, 1–12. DOI:10.1111/jfb.14425
  • Kadagi, N.I., Wambiji N., and Swisher M.E., 2020. Potential for conflicts in recreational and artisanal billfish fisheries on the coast of Kenya. Marine Policy, Volume 117, 103960.
  • P Thoya, S Pérez-Jorge, GM Okemwa, H Mwamlavya, A Tuda, N Wambiji & JM Maina (2020) Spatial patterns and environmental risks of ringnet fishing along the Kenyan coast, African Journal of Marine Science, 42:1, 23-33, DOI: 10.2989/1814232X.2019.1705392 To link to this article:
  • Temple, A.J., Wambiji, N., Poonian, C.N.S., Jiddawi, N., Stead, S. M., Kiszka, J.J., Berggren, P. (2019). Marine megafauna catch in southwestern Indian Ocean small-scale fisheries from landings data. Biological Conservation 230 113–121
  • Temple, A.J., Kiszka, J.J., Stead, S. M., Wambiji, N., Brito, A., Poonian, C.N.S., Amir, O.A., Jiddawi, N., Fennessy, S.T., Pe´rez-Jorge, S., Berggren, P. (2017). Marine megafauna interactions with small-scale fisheries in the southwestern Indian Ocean: a review of status and challenges for research and management. Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries. DOI: 10.1007/s11160-017-9494-x
  • Aura, C.M., Musa, S., Osore, M.K., Kimani, E., Alati, V.M., Wambiji, N., Maina, G.W., Charo-Karisa, H. (2017). Quantification of Climate Change Implications using oyster suitability sites occurrence Model along the Kenya Coast. Journal of Marine Systems 165: 27–35
  • Daphnis De Pooter, Ward Appeltans, Nicolas Bailly, Sky Bristol, Klaas Deneudt, Menashè Eliezer, Ei Fujioka, Alessandra Giorgetti, Philip Goldstein , Mirtha Lewis, Marina Lipizer, Kevin Mackay ,Maria Marin, Gwenaëlle Moncoiffé, Stamatina Nikolopoulou, Pieter Provoost, Shannon Rauch, Andres Roubicek, Carlos Torres, Anton van de Putte , Leen Vandepitte, Bart Vanhoorne, MatteoVinci, Nina Wambiji, David Watts, Eduardo Klein Salas, Francisco Hernandez (2017). "Toward a new data standard for combined marine biological and environmental datasets - expanding OBIS beyond species occurrences"-Biodiversity Data Journal 5: e10989,
  • Ngisiang'e, N., Rimiru, R., Okeyo, G., and Wambiji, N. (2016). Multi-Agent Systems and Distributed Constraint Satisfaction for Decision Support in Marine Ecosystem Management. Journal of Computer Science & Systems Biology 9(5). DOI: 10.4172/jcsb.1000233
  • Okello, C., Tomasello, B., Greggio, N., Wambiji, N., and Antonellini, M., (2015). Impact of Population Growth and Climate Change on the Freshwater Resources of Lamu Island, Kenya. Water, 7, 1264-1290; doi: 10.3390/w7031264
  • Okello, C., Antonellini, M., Greggio, N., Wambiji, N., (2014). Freshwater resource characterization and vulnerability to climate change of the Shela aquifer in Lamu, Kenya. Environmental Earth Sciences