Water, as we know, is a sign of life. Indeed, aquatic habitats provide ecosystem services to communities all around the world. Overexploitation, pollution, habitat destruction, and climate change have all put a strain on aquatic ecosystems in recent years, resulting in altered structure and functioning, biodiversity loss, reduced water quality and supply, food insecurity through reduced fish productivity, and a reduction in the quality of a variety of other ecosystem goods and services. This situation is further exacerbated by the impact of climate change on both agricultural productivity and fish production. As fragile ecosystems are threatened, scientific and technological advancements are on the rise, providing practical answers to the aforementioned concerns as well as enhancing ecosystems and communities' resilience and adaptability for a sustainable future.

The Aquatic Resources and Blue Economy Conference (ARBEC), which will be held in Kisumu, Kenya, in November 2022, will bring together researchers, innovators, academia, entrepreneurs, and other stakeholders from around the world to share their experiences and lessons learned about how to use aquatic resources wisely for human sustenance, prosperity, and the blue economy connection. The conference's deliberations will be a step toward achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), such as zero hunger and life under water, among other national and regional development agendas.

Conference Theme

Aquatic resources for a sustainable future and blue economy prosperity.

Conference Subthemes

  1. Fisheries

Fisheries governance and management, fish stocks and ecosystems, resource users (including fishers)

  1. Aquaculture

Status, production, technologies, value chains, emerging issues

  1. Aquatic ecosystem pollution and biomonitoring

Biodiversity, habitat, conservation, climate change, pollution, policy and legal framework, control etc

  1. Science, technology and innovations in aquatic resources and blue economy.

Advances in fisheries, aquaculture, limnology, bioprospecting,

  1. Blue Economy

Maritime, fisheries, minerals, spatial planning, mariculture and freshwater aquaculture, economics, policies and legal framework etc

  1. Plastic and microplastic pollution

Conference dates:

28th November - 1st December 2022


Kisumu, Kenya

Call for abstracts:

Interested presenters should send an abstract of at least 200 words but no more than 300 words in English* to by 15th July, 2022. Background, purpose, methodology, findings, and conclusions should all be included in the abstract.

By August 31, 2022, the scientific committee will have reviewed all abstracts and will have sent all decision letters. Abstracts might be accepted as poster or oral (PowerPoint) presentations. Presenters who have been accepted to deliver oral presentations must submit a full paper by 30th September, 2022

* Once the manuscripts have been reviewed, guidelines for preparing presentations (oral and poster) and manuscripts will be provided. *

Abstract Timeline

1st May 2022

Call for abstracts open

15th July 2022:

Deadline for submission of abstracts

31st August 2022:

Abstract decision letters emailed

1st November 2022:

Registration deadline for presenters

NB: Persons wishing to submit a paper for consideration in the special issues of international journals should submit their full paper by 30th September 2022


Registration will open on 1st September 2022.

Registration fees

  • Regular fee USD 100
  • Student fee 70 USD
  • Exhibition fee 200


  • Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute (KMFRI)


  • African Centre for Aquatic Research and Education (ACARE)
  • Lake Victoria Fisheries Organization (LVFO)
  • Gatsby Africa
  • Bowling Green State University (BGSU)
  • Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research (GLIER)
  • Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)

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