KMFRI has adopted a multidisciplinary programme approach in research based on six research programmes namely, Fisheries, Aquaculture research and development, environment and ecology, natural products and post harvest, socio-economics and information and data management. Two of these programmes namely fisheries and aquaculture are core programmes of the institute. Each programme is headed by a coordinator of which there are 12, six for each research division.

Aquaculture Research 

The programme is responsible for investigating new and adoptive culture species and techniques for enhanced fish production in ponds, tanks, raceways, and through cage and pen culture. Similarly, the program undertakes studies on the following: integrated aquaculture production in irrigation systems,

  • Appropriate seed (fingerlings) production;

  • Feed formulation and production;

  • Hatchery development and operations techniques;

  • Appropriate stocking levels for different production systems;

  • Genetic and hormonal manipulation for increased fish production in aquaculture systems.

The centres/stations under this division are Sagana Centre, Sangoro and Kegati stations. 

Mariculture Research 

 KMFRI has adopted a multidisciplinary programme approach in research based on six research programmes namely, Fisheries, Aquaculture research and development, environment and ecology, natural products and post harvest, socio-economics and information and data management. Two of these programmes namely fisheries and aquaculture are core programmes of the institute. Each programme is headed by a coordinator of which there are 12, six for each research division.

The programme is responsible for investigating new and adoptive culture species and techniques for enhanced fish production in ponds, tanks, raceways, and through cage and pen culture. Similarly, the program undertakes studies on the following: integrated aquaculture production in irrigation systems, -Appropriate seed (fingerlings) production.

  • Feed formulation and production.

  • Hatchery development and operations techniques.

  • Appropriate stocking levels for different production systems.

  • Genetic and hormonal manipulation for increased fish production in aquaculture systems.

The Assistant Director in charge of Mariculture Research Department is Dr. David Mirera

Head of the Division
Dr. Jonathan Munguti
Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute

Sagana Research Center
P.O. Box 
Sagana, KENYA