Morine Mukami
Ms. Morine Mukami Ngarari is a Senior Research Scientist at Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute (KMFRI) in the Mariculture division. She has an academic background in natural and environmental sciences and is undertaking her Ph.D. in Environmental Studies at Karatina University, Kenya. Morine is a passionate aquaculturist with over 15 years of experience. She has successfully implemented several aquaculture-related projects and is currently involved in the implementation of five research and developmental projects with national, regional and international collaborators. This has sharpened her skills in project management as well as teamwork. Her professional skills have been strengthened over the years by undertaking several trainings. The recent courses include the value of systems thinking in relation to food security and Aquaculture Smallholder Business Development. To develop her networking opportunities Morine has attended over 15 professional conferences, seminars and workshops. Besides Morine is a pragmatic strategist who is able to focus on key issues and results to meet national goals and priorities and further make the necessary critical decisions to achieve them. She has the ability to manage challenging task schedules while working in complex and highly demanding environments.

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KMFRI Mombasa Research Centre
Aquaculture – Mariculture section
Artemia culture, Remote sensing, GIS, Environmental managementt
Improving community livelihoods through production of Artemia cyst biomass and cysts and eventually developing the aquaculture industry nationally, regionally and internationally

PhD in BioScience Engineering ongoing at the Artemia Research Center of Ghent University, Belgium

2010: Environmental Information Systems (GIS and Remote Sensing) Moi University, Eldoret, Kenya

2005: B.Sc. Hons (Fisheries), Moi University, Eldoret, Kenya


  • Hinzano, S. M., Okalo, F. A., Ngarari, M. M., Opiyo, M. A., Ogello, E. O., Fulanda, A. M., Odiwour, D. O., Nyonje, B. M., (2022). Phytoplankton distribution along a salinity gradient in two Kenyan saltworks (Tana and Kurawa. WIO Journal of Marine Science 21 (1) 2022 113-124
  • Mwaluma, J. Mirera, D. Nyonje, B. Mukami, M. (2021) Aquaculture investments and opportunities for coastal counties. Chapter 7: p. 245-264 IN: From Ridge to reef: a legacy for sustainable coastal development in Kenya by Ruwa, R. Uku, J. Osore, M. and Mwangi, S.
  • Okalo, F., Mukami, M. N., & Nyonje, B. M. (2021). Screening Antibacterial Properties of Eucheuma denticulatumExtracts against Vibrio harveyi. In Phycologia (Vol. 60, pp. 123-123). 2-4 Park Square, Milton Park, Abingdon OR14 4RN, Oxon, England: Taylor & Francis LTD.
  • Mwaluma J., Mirera D., Magondu E., Mukami M., Wainaina M., Nyabeta J., Kimathi A., Wanjiru C. (2021). Marine and Coastal Aquaculture: Production, Status and Prospects.  In Munguti et al., (Eds). State of Aquaculture in Kenya2021: Towards Nutrition-Sensitive Fish Food Production Systems. Techplus Media House, Nairobi, Kenya. Chapter 3: pp 39-57
  • Munguti, J., Musa, S., Mukami, M., Magondu, E., Ondiba, R., Abwao, J., Mutune, M., Holeh, G., and Njiru, J. (2021). Fish feed Development, Production Trends and Distribution Networks in Kenya. In Munguti et al., (Eds). State of Aquaculture in Kenya2021: Towards Nutrition-Sensitive Fish Food Production Systems. Techplus Media House, Nairobi, Kenya. Chapter 4: pp 58-88.
  • Mirera,D.O., Kimathi, A., Ngarari, M.M., Magondu, E.W., Wainaina, M and Ototo, A (2020). Societal and environmental impacts of seaweed farming in relation to rural development: The case of Kibuyuni village, south coast, Kenya. Ocean and Coastal Management 194.
  • Ngarari, M, M and Mirera O. D (2018). Artemia policy brief: Artemia/Brine shrimp (Artemia franciscana) production in Kenya “Towards efficient larval rearing in hatcheries”. KMFRI Mariculture Publication No. 004/2018.
  • Ngarari, M. M., Okalo, F. A., Nyonje, B. M., Ochuodho D., Mirera H. O. D., Mwaluma, J., and Wainaina, M. (2018). A Farmers’ Manual on the Production of Artemia in Kenyan Salt Ponds. KMFRI Mariculture Publication No. 003/2018.
  • Ngarari, M.M. (2010). Use of GIS and Remote Sensing in assessing aquaculture sites in Embu District, Kenya. MPhil Dissertation. Moi University
Project Assignments and Awards
  • Aquaculture of Seaweeds and Fish: Opportunities ror Blue Economic Empowerment and Covid-19 Resilience of Fisher Women in Kenya (Blue-Empowerment). Funded by IDRC. (2021 – 2024Co-Investigator
  • Developing a Data-Driven Communication Platform for Improving Farmed Fish Distribution in Kenya – Funded by SFTC UK. (2021 – 2022) – Co-Investigator
  • Optimizing Artemia Production Technology for Sustainable Aquaculture Development (APTSAD), Food Security and Economic Growth for the East African Coastal Communities, MASMA Project funded by WIOMSA (2020-2022) – Co-PI
  • Commercialization of mariculture of tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus) and rabbit fish (Siganus argenteus) in Kibokoni, Mwazaro and Kijiweni for better livelihoods of fisher communities in Kilifi and Kwale Counties” project. A sub-grant through the EU-KARLO AgriFI Climate Smart Agriculture Productivity Project (2020-2022). Team Member
  • “Diversifying blue livelihoods through holistic ocean farming” project. Funded by the Bridge Spark Fund 2020 Team Member
  • Development of Milkfish (Chanos chanos) and Kimarawali (Stolephorus delecatulus) Solar Drying-Cooling Technology, Value Addition and Quality Assurance (SolCoolDry project). Funded by BMEL – Germany (2018-2022Team Member
  • Establishment of the 1st Marine Hatchery in Kenya at Shimoni, Kwale County. An Institutional Infrastructure Support Project funded by NRF – Kenya. Team Member (2019 – 2021)
  • Design and optimization of marine cage culture systems for rabbitfish (Siganus argenteus) and tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus) in Kwale and Kilifi County (DOCS). A collaborative multi-disciplinary Project funded by NRF – Kenya (2018-2020Team Member
  • Screening Antibacterial Activity of Eucheuma denticulatum extracts against Selected Vibrio Species Pathogenic to Fish (APSP) Project. Funded by WIOMSA (2018-2019)– Project Coordinator
  • Improvement of the living standard of rural communities in Kenya through Artemia production in coastal saltworks. Funded by VLIR – Belgium (2010-2015) - Project Coordinator 
Media Articles
Membership to professional bodies
  • Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD) Full Membership (Member ID: 11536)
  • Member of the Aquatic Network (Member ID: 785)
  • Member of World Aquaculture Society (WAS) (Member No.: 20170420)
  • Member of Women in Marine Science (WiMS) Network.
  • Sustainable Aquaculture Research Networks in Sub Saharan Africa (SARNISSA) Member