Tanzania Fisheries Research Institute _TAFIRI__

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					                           ABOUT TAFIRI
                 Tanzania Fisheries Research Institute (TAFIRI),
                    P.O. Box 9750, Dar es Salaam, TANZANIA
                            Attn: Ag. Director General
The Institute headquarters (Coelacanth House) is located in Kunduchi about
20Km from Dar es Salaam city. Kigoma Center is next to the District Natural
Resources office, a few metres from the electricity power supply station. Kyela
Center is adjacent to the Kyela District offices facing the National Bank of
Commerce, Kyela Branch, Mwanza at Nyegezi near Nyegezi Fisheries Training
Institute to the south and Butimba prisons to the north and Dar es Salaam center
which is located adjacent to the headquarters in a grade B house.

The idea of establishing Tanzania Fisheries Research Institute came after the fall
of the East African Community in 1977. As the result of the fall of the
Community the co-coordinated research institutes of the three states of Kenya,
Tanzania and Uganda also seized to operate. Each state had to take care of its
own research affairs.
In Tanzania for example, the University of Dar es Salaam took charge of marine
fisheries research centre in Zanzibar while the freshwater centre in Mwanza was
handed over to the Fisheries Division in the Ministry of Natural Resources and
Tourism. There were two more freshwater research stations, namely, Kigoma
and Kyela, which were under the Fisheries Division. Kigoma centre was
formerly run by FAO until the contract ended when it was handed over to the
Fisheries Division. The Government of Tanzania then decided to establish a
Parastatal body that could take over the fisheries research activities in both fresh
and marine waters. From this decision the government established Tanzania
Fisheries Institute (TAFIRI) by the Act of Parliament No. 6 of 2nd February 1980.

The aim of establishing the TAFIRI was to have a body corporate, which was to
oversee and create perpetual succession epitomizing its constituted goals. This
included an official seal whereby its underlining activities would be regarded as
the official scientific stand in the United Republic of Tanzania in the issues of
fisheries research and the allied activities. TAFIRI’s status also includes its
capability of suing and being sued. The institute is also capable of holding,
purchasing and acquiring in any other way any movable or immovable
properties and disposing any of its properties according to the Act of law that
created TAFIRI.

The objectives/mandates of the institute include, among others:
To promote and conduct research in fisheries within and in relation to any part
of the territorial waters or in relation to any part of the territory of the United
Republic of Tanzania; To promote the development, improvement and
protection of the fishing Industry; To carry out, and promote the carrying out of
enquiries, experiments and research in fisheries; To carry out research in various
aspects of fisheries for the purpose of establishing, improving or developing
better methods or techniques of fishing fish farming or manufacturing or using
fish products; To carry out investigations on fish disease and their cause so as to
develop ways of controlling or preventing the occurrence of particular fish
diseases or any category of them; and To co-ordinate research in fisheries which
is carried out within the united Republic.
TAFIRI’s objectives also include to establish and operate a system of
documentation and dissemination of the findings of enquiries, experiments and
research in fisheries which are carried out within the United Republic for use by
the Government, public institutions and other persons engaged in the fishing
industry in the united Republic; To advise the Government, public Institutions
and other persons or bodies of person engaged in the fishing industry in
Tanzania on the practical application of the findings of enquiries, experiments
and Research carried out by or on behalf of the Institute and in-cooperation with
the Government or any persons, within or outside the united Republic to
promote or provide facilities for the instruction and instruction training of local
personnel for carrying out research in fisheries and for the management of the
fishing industry;

The institute also assumes responsibility for the control and management of the
business and affairs of any centre, which may be established or vested in the
To do anything or enter into any transaction which in the opinion of the Board is
necessary or desirable for the purposes of the better performance of the functions
of the Institute; Undertake either alone or in association with any person or body
of persons within or outside the United Republic the establishment, on a zonal or
other basis of centers within the country for the performance of any of its
functions and undertake the collection, preparation, publication and distribution
of statistics relating to fisheries and the fishing industry and promote and
develop instruction and training in fisheries;

TAFIRI also provides assistance, consultancy and other services for development
and improvement of the fisheries including: -
Establishments of fish farms; Advise on preparation, implementation control and
supervision of programmes, relating to the application of modern techniques in
fishing vessels and fishing gear suitable for the fishing Industry and carrying out
research programmes, designed to facilitate the discovery of the causes and ways
of abating and preventing aquatic pollution.

The institute also provides advice and services as may be required by the
government, public institutions and other persons engaged in the fishing
industry. It also co-operates with government or any person or body of persons
within or outside the country by establishing a library of reference by researchers
in national aquarium and establishes and maintains a system of collaboration,
consultation and co-operation with Research and Development (R&D) Institution
in the country.

The institute strives to achieve these objectives by carrying out research in the
following fields: fisheries statistics and fish stock assessment; Fish biology,
taxonomy and fisheries of commercially important fish species; Socio-economic
and marketing; Hydrobiology and water pollution; Gear technology and

Some of TAFIRI’s existing facilities were inherited from the predecessor
establishments but have been upgraded since then. For instance, Kigoma and
Mwanza centres research laboratories have been improved to suit modern
scientific research requirements such as hydro acoustic and environmental
pollution monitoring. All inland centers have libraries research boats and a rest-
house for accommodating visiting scientists. There are also libraries at all centres.
A strong centre of excellence in fisheries research and consultancy in the Eastern
and Southern Africa.
To promote, conduct and manage fisheries research and consultancy for
sustainable development of fisheries in Tanzania.

The present organization structure of the Institute was approved by minute No:
23 of the Board of Directors meeting held in Dar es Salaam on 26th February,


                                       DIRECTOR GENERAL

                                                                        INTERNAL AUDITOR


          FISHERIES RESEARCH                  RESEARCH                     ADMINISTRATION


           SERVICES                                                           TRAINING


                                                                        STORES AND SUPPLIES
At the time the institute started operating in 1983 there were only 18 staff members
including 1 scientist with Ph.D. and I with M.Sc. Currently, the institute has employed
220 staff of whom 8 hold Ph.D., 28 holding M.Sc. and 12 with B.Sc. The institute hopes
to increase the scientific capacity to meet the challenges of fisheries research in both
marine and freshwaters.
For the past twenty years, the institute has carried out several researches resulting into
more than four hundred (400) published and unpublished reports.