Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute (KMFRI)

The research mandate of KMFRI is defined by article No. 4 of the Science and Technology Act of 1979, Cap 250. The Institute is empowered to carry out research in Marine and Freshwater fisheries, Aquatic biology, Aquaculture, Environmental Chemistry, Ecological, Geological and Hydrological studies, as well as Chemical and Physical Oceanography. Elaborately, the role of KMFRI include:

  • Research on fish population dynamics and general water ecology, including identification of commercially and ecologically important species, their distribution and stock assessment.
  • Collecting and disseminating scientific information on fisheries resources which will form the basis for their utilization.
  • Studying and isolating suitable fish species for culture both in marine and freshwater and develop or adopt rearing technology and procedures;
  • Establishing a marine and freshwater collection to be used for research and training purposes;
  • Carrying out studies on other marine and freshwater resources including algae and minerals;
  • Offering its facilities for training of personnel;
  • Monitoring pollution in fresh and marine waters;
  • Study chemical and physical processes identified as important to aquatic productivity;
  • Carry out socio-economic research on topics related to fisheries environment and other aquatic resources       

Specific research role for KMFRI

According to the Ministry of Research, Technical Training and Technology, Research Development Strategies: 1990-2010, the research activities of KMFRI have to be targeted on fisheries, aquaculture and their related subjects which will ensure the rational exploitation and sustainability of the fisheries resources.The highlighted research areas are:

  • Efficient system of transportation, processing, storage, preservation and marketing of fish and fishery products, to make them acceptable to local and export markets;       
  • Utilization of fish by-products;
  • Utilization of idle tidal lands for mariculture farms;
  • Identification of species for fish culture adaptable to local conditions including disease control methods and integration of fish farming with other farming systems
  • Marine pollution and its effects on fish and other living marine resources and Valorization of the 200 mile Exclusive Economic Zone legitimized by the United Nations Convention of the Law of the Sea (1982)

Research programmes

KMFRI adopted a Programme approach in research based on 6 research programmes i.e.

  •  Aquaculture Programme
  • Environment and Ecology Programme
  • Fisheries Programme
  • Information and Database Programme
  • Natural Products Programme
  • Socio-economic Programme

Following these research programmes the research profiles for the marine and coastal waters and inland water divisions are as briefly summarized:-

  • Marine and Coastal Water
  • Fisheries Programme
Contact details of partner: 

Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute 
Headquater & Mombasa Station 
P.O. Box 81651 080100 
Mombasa, KENYA
Tel: +254 (041)475151/4

Partner/Stakeholder Category: 
Government & Research Institutions