Pascal Thoya is a research scientist at the Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute (KMFRI). He has background training in marine spatial planning and over six years’ experience in marine research working in the Western Indian Ocean.
His work is focussed on the spatial ecology of fisheries, and his masters work “Detecting ecological-economic effects of marine spatial plans from displacing the bottom fishing pressure” evaluated the impacts of bottom trawling on benthic communities.
Projects he is currently involved in includes mapping of fishing effort and catches, participatory mapping of fisheries resources and long-time analysis of satellite oceanographic data (Sea surface temperature and Chlorophyll).
In Estuarize-WIO he is the PI for Kenya, where he also coordinates WP2 activities.