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AquaFish has supported more than 500 students pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees in aquaculture, fisheries, aquatic ecology, economics, engineering, and many other disciplines. Some of our students who are or have been supported are featured below.
James Bundi Mugo earned his Masters of Philosophy in Aquaculture with the support of Aquaculture CRSP (ACRSP) in 2008 from Moi University. Since he was a boy catching fish out of canals, James has been interested in fisheries and aquaculture. With the aid of ACRSP, James is now capable of following his boy-hood interests as a owner of an ornamental fish farm and as a Assistant Lecturer at Karatina University. He said that he teaches from his past experiences; in particular, James pulls from his hands-on trainings in fish breeding, pond design, and pond construction that were led by Professor Charles Ngugi, an ACRSP collaborator.
Jimi received his Bachelor’s in Fisheries Science from Sylhet Agricultural University in Bangladesh in 2013. He recently graduated with a Master’s degree in Fisheries Science from Bangladesh Agricultural University, and he desires to continue contributing to aquaculture development in Bangladesh.
Jimi was recently hired as a Research Assistant for WorldFish, where he is working on developing small-scale aquaculture as an alternative livelihood option for fishers engaged in the Hilsa fishery in Bangladesh that experiences periodic fishing bans. Jimi attributes his graduate education with AquaFish toward helping him prepare for his work with WorldFish.
John received his PhD in from Auburn University in 2013, after completing his dissertation on low-cost breeding and hatching technologies for the African Lungfish. John, now with the National Fisheries Resource Research Institute (NaFIRRI), Uganda, works with AquaFish as a Host Country Co-PI.
Josiah Ani Sabwa is an AquaFish-supported PhD candidate in Aquaculture Management at Kenya’s University of Eldoret. For his PhD, Josiah is researching how nutrients and water quality within an aquaponics system affect the growth of Nile tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus), one of the most commonly farmed fish worldwide. Aquaponics, a system in which plants are farmed alongside aquatic animals, creates a mutually beneficial environment for plants and fish. Josiah is culturing lettuce, a popular garden crop, along with tilapia.
Josiah is a native Kenyan who's passion lies in helping to develop aquaculture technologies that minimize environmental impacts and reduce costs to farmers. He said some of his most rewarding experiences have been learning about fish pond construction, hatchery design, and management under the mentorship of AquaFish researchers.