|A. Basic Facts
|i. Project Partners||
Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute (Kenya; Lead Institution); Institute of Marine Science, University of Dar es Salaam (Tanzania) & Stockholm University (Sweden)
James Mwaluma (Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute), Monika Winder (Stockholm University, Department of Ecology, Environment and Plant Sciences, Sweden, Margareth S. Kyewalyanga (Institute of Marine Science/University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania), Mwanahija Shalli (Tanzania Fisheries Research Institute), Barnabas Tarimo (Institute of Marine Science/University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania), Rushingisha George (Tanzania Fisheries Research Institute), Melckzedeck Osore (Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute), Jacob Ochiewo (Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute), Lillian Daudi (Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute), Charles Muthama (Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute), Noah Ngi’siange (Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute), Fadhili Malesa (School of Aquatic Science and Fisheries, University of Dar es Salaam).
|ii. Project Duration||2018-2021|
|iii. Project Site(s)|
|iv. Project Country||Kenya and Tanzania|
|v. Budget||USD 330 000|
|B. Project Objectives||
The project aims to understand to what extent food-provisioning services in the form of fish larval production are threatened by habitat degradation and fragmentation, and how production of this natural resource is related to climate change and development in the coastal WIO region.
Specific objectives include
1) Identify habitat conditions critical for fish recruitment and key drivers for fish larvae production.
2) Identify dispersal potential of fish larvae from the seagrass habitats where adult fish spawn.
3) Use this information to predict future economic impacts and the most vulnerable coastal areas.
4) Provide scientific information that can lead to improved management and protection strategies in coastal East Africa.
|C. Expected Results||
|D. Project Activities||
Summary of the Key findings
|F. Students Supported by the Project||
i) Lilian Nduku (PhD-student) – Seagrass diversity, distribution and production
ii) Noah Ngisiang’e (PhD-student) – Global Information System mapping of seagrass, currents, fish larvae and plankton trajections
iii) Alphine Mbodze (MSc-student) – Diversity, abundance and distribution of zooplankton and fish larvae in relation to environmental variables.
iv) Helen Kizenga (MSc-student)
v) Barnabas Tarimo (PhD-student)
vi) Fadhili Malesa (MSc-student)
vii) Oliver Ogola (BSc-student) – Water quality, nutrients levels, BOD, DO, Chlorophyll
viii) Jibril Olunga (BSc-student) – Beach seine contents, finfish, shellfish, larval stages and diversity
|G. For more information, either visit or contact:||
Dr James Mwaluma