Title: History of Artemia Activities in Africa

Date: Wednesday 4th May 2022

Time: 1400 – 1630 East Africa Standard Time (GMT+3)

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Description: The Artemia Webinar is being hosted by Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute (KMFRI) in conjunction with the International Artemia Aquaculture Consortium (IAAC). The demand for Artemia cysts has continued to increase and annual consumption is now estimated at 3,500 – 4,000 tonnes. Asia is the largest producer and consumer of Artemia globally while Africa lags behind in both production and utilization of it thereof. This could be attributed to the under-development of marine hatcheries in Africa. The purpose of this webinar is to discuss the diverse levels of Artemia activities in different African countries to explore opportunities and address the various challenges to improve the production and utilization of Artemia to improve livelihoods in Africa. 


  1. Dr. Betty Nyonje
  2. Dr. Erick Ogello

Organizing team

  1. International Artemia Aquaculture Consortium (IAAC)
  2. Artemia Reference Centre, Ghent University (ARC)
  3. Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute (KMFRI)
  4. Maseno University


14:00Welcome remarksJames M. Njiru, Director General, KMFRI
14:05Aim of the workshopPatrick Sorgeloos, Artemia Reference Center, Belgium
14:10Introduction of Artemia in KenyaJoseph Rasowo, Technical University of Mombasa, Kenya &


Eddy Naessens, INVE Aquaculture, Belgium

14:20History of Artemia activities in KenyaMorine Mukami, Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute
14:30History of Artemia activities in MoroccoNoura Hanif, Laboratory Nutrition and Marine Products, Chouaib Doukkali University
14:40History of Artemia activities in TunisiaMohamed Salah Romdhane, National Institute of Agricultural Sciences of Tunisia
14:50History of Artemia activities in LibyaGilbert Van Stappen, Artemia Reference Center, Ghent University, Belgium
15:00History of Artemia activities in EgyptNagy El-Bermawi, Faculty of Agricultural (Saba bache), Alexandria University, Egypt
15:10History of Artemia activities in UgandaMartin Serrwanda, Mountains of the Moon University, Uganda
15:20History of Artemia activities in TanzaniaImani Kapinga, Tanzania Fisheries Research Institute (TAFIRI), Tanzania
15:30History of Artemia activities in MozambiqueRafael Rafael, Aquaculture Research Center (CEPAQ, Mozambique
15:40History of Artemia activities in South AfricaHorst Kaiser, Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa
15:50History of Artemia activities in Algeria, Eritrea, Namibia, Madagascar and BotswanaPatrick Sorgeloos, Artemia Reference Center, Ghent University, Belgium
16:00Q&A, discussion, conclusions, and recommendationsPanellists
16:25Closing remarksSimon Wilkinson, Network of Aquaculture Centres for Asia and Pacific (NACA)