Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute (KMFRI) is a State Corporation in the Ministry of Fisheries Development of the Government of Kenya. It is mandated to conduct aquatic research covering all the Kenyan waters and the corresponding riparian areas. The Institute was established in 1979 and presently has 885 staff members.
To be a center of excellence in aquatic research and promotion of sustainable utilization of marine and freshwater resources.
To contribute to the management and sustainable exploitation of aquatic resources and thus alleviate poverty, enhance employment creation and food security through multidisciplinary and collaborative research in both marine and fresh-water aquatic systems
Activities of KMFRI includes:
- 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.