Status and Assessment of Humphead Wrasse Stock in Kenya

Dates: 2008 – 2009

Location: South Coast, Kenya

Participants: Fisher data collectors, South Coast fishers, divers, diving centres (see the report for additional details)

Funding Organisation: Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association (WIOMSA)

Description: This project aimed to collect data on the humphead wrasse (Cheilinus undulatus), a fish which was declared endangered and vulnerable by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

Specific objectives of this pilot study included:

  • Describing the status of humphead wrasse in Kenya (Southern coast)
  • Estimating stock size from catch data
  • Verifying fishers local knowledge about the fish
  • Identifying the fishing areas
  • Providing background information and data for conservation, management and future research


Read the Humphead Wrasse Report