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Department of Fisheries and Natural Resources

Teaching
The Department of Fisheries and Natural Resources recognizes that sustainable exploitation and management of aquatic resources depends on deeper understanding of the prevailing ecological situations, and predictions of the future conditions. In line with the Kenyan Government’s food security agenda towards attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and Kenya’s Vision for Industrialization by 2030, the Department of Fisheries and Natural Resources is conscious of the potential of fisheries resources as a significant means towards achieving the national economic goals. The process of achieving these objectives must be anchored on sound teaching, capacity building initiatives and technology transfer to the young adults through education at institutions of higher and tertiary learnings. Through quality teaching that incorporates lectures, tutorial sessions, coaching, mentorship, and practical laboratory sessions, the department offers reputable teaching programs designed to develop human capacity with relevant knowledge, skills and innovative technologies applicable to sustainable management, conservation and development of fisheries, aquaculture and natural aquatic resources to generate graduates with mindset of being change agents and industry leaders. The overall objective of this course is to produce skilled and quality graduates who resonate with industry need in the public and private sectors, or who can create own employment through entrepreneurial skills, which are required courses in the program. Above all, the course is designed to produce students who are intellectually alert and conscious of rational utilization, management and sustained development of fisheries and other natural resources for socio-economic growth. The present program (i.e. B.Sc Fisheries and Aquaculture) is offered along with Information Technology (IT) as an integral component and trains the graduates on competencies in practical aspects of fisheries, aquaculture and aquatic science.

Basically, the program is offered to individuals who have completed Kenya’s secondary school education (or equivalent), and have attained the University entrance qualification set by Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service (KUCCPS). The department offers BSc, (4 years) MSc (2 years) and PhD (3 years) programs with curricula that are characterized by dynamic content to respond to the changing industry needs. Besides, the curriculum prepares the graduates for further academic development and careers advancement in teaching, research and extension. The department is composed of competent and dedicated staff with excellent scholarly reputation.


 

Research
The Department of Fisheries and Natural Resources is committed to the conducting demand driven and innovative basic and applied research in all aquatic ecosystems with an aim of generating and disseminating scientific information for sustainable utilization, conservation and restoration of the aquatic environment.
With adequate supervision, our undergraduate and postgraduate students conduct demand driven and innovative research on various disciplines within the context of fisheries, aquaculture, aquatic sciences and socio-economics. Outputs of these research studies are published in peer reviewed scientific journals of high repute and, as conference proceedings. The department has strong undergraduate and postgraduate research programs which enable students to conduct interdisciplinary research activities that are sensitive to real life situations facing the fisheries and aquaculture sector.

Dr. Dickson O. Owiti Email: dowiti@maseno.ac.ke
Address: P.o.Private Bag, Maseno

Qualification:

  • Ph.D. (Zoology, Fisheries) (1998), Moi University/University of
    Gottingen, Germany.
    M.Sc. (Hydrobiology) University of Nairobi (1987).
    B.Ed. (Science); Botany Zoology & Education (1978 - 1981) University of Nairobi, Kenya.

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Dr. Erick Ogello

Email: eogello@maseno.ac.ke

Address: P.o.Private Bag, Maseno

Qualification:

  • Ph.D in Fisheries Science degree from Nagasaki University in Japan
  • Msc. Aquaculture (Great Distinction) from Ghent University, Belgium
  • Bsc. Fisheries from Moi University, Kenya.

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Undergraduate Programmes

BSc. Fisheries and Aquaculture with IT
The Department of Fisheries and Natural Resources at Maseno University is aware of the changing trends of fisheries industry, and the contribution towards the economic growth of the country. Therefore, there is need for fisheries enhancement through informed, rational and careful utilization of the resources and the environment. Based on this awareness, the department is designed to prepare students to practice environmentally sound development and conservation of fisheries and aquatic resources, for socio-economic prosperity. The program contents include aspects of Basic Sciences, Agriculture, Aquatic Ecology, Fisheries and Aquaculture, and Natural Resources, as well as IT courses. Other relevant courses from other departments within the School of Agriculture and Food Security and the common University courses are also offered as per the University policy and regulations, to provide the student with solid background in basic sciences and substantive knowledge of agriculture and food security. Most courses offered have practical and fieldwork components. An industrial attachment course is also offered; where students are attached to relevant public or private institution to give the learner hands-on-experience. From the third year of study, the curriculum offers courses combinations allowing for specialization in B.Sc. Fisheries and aquaculture with IT.

Program objectives
The general goal of the Fisheries and Natural Resources Program is to fulfill the gap of training of practically oriented skilled personnel to work in area Fisheries, and Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation and Management.
Specifically, the program will strive to achieve the following objectives among others:

• To acquire sufficient practical knowledge to become fisheries officers/managers, researchers and policy makers in the fishing industry, and to engage in self-employment as fishermen, fish farmers and consultants.
• To equip the graduate with adequate practical and theoretical knowledge for sustainable utilization, conservation, and management of aquatic resources.
• To produce graduates who are able to chart out and steer short and long term projects goals for self-employment in aquaculture and in the general fisheries industry.
• To provide extension services through short-term courses, workshops and symposia in the subject of fisheries, aquaculture and other aquatic and environmental sciences.
• Equip the students with tools of information and communication technology for efficient application fisheries science in the contemporary world.


Postgraduate Programmes

MSc. Fisheries Science and Msc. Aquaculture
The main aim of the Master programme is to provide students with scientific and practical skills crucial for the development of the fisheries and aquaculture industry. Students can specialize in fish reproductive biology, aquaculture, fish socio-economics, fish health and welfare, nutrition, seafood quality, or molecular biology/genomics. Further, students will develop perspectives and skills relating to ethical consciousness and interpersonal relations. The duration of the course is 2 years and it is career orienting in nature which opens many career opportunities to students.

The programs aims:
• To produce knowledgeable and skilled professionals in the application of scientific principles and new technologies in all aspects of fisheries and aquaculture science.
• To train and produce dynamic graduates with the capacity to apply advanced scientific, technological knowledge and skills of fisheries and aquaculture science to improve day to day livelihoods of local people
• To produce graduates with the ability to secure and generate employment in research, academia and fisheries industry.


PhD Programmes
PhD. Fisheries and Aquaculture Science
PhD studies in Fisheries and Aquaculture produce researchers who are equipped to face the challenges of fisheries ecosystem collapse and aquaculture production from a standpoint of sustainability and, with a mastery of advanced multidisciplinary techniques. Society needs research professionals with a clear vision of the need for research, development and innovation in order for fisheries science to develop in a sustainable way. World demand for fishery products continues to grow at a rate that cannot be satisfied by extractive fishing, making aquaculture the best alternative for meeting this demand in the future.
The programme is designed to enable the students to:
i. Acquire in depth knowledge and skills in animal production systems, nutrition and breeding.
ii. Design and effectively execute scientific research and present results coherently and comprehensively.
iii. Undertake teaching, research and consultancy services to organisations.
iv. Utilize the research and expertise in developing innovations to mitigate challenges in the livestock industry.


 

 

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