Jane Chimungeni-Bassington


I am an alumni of the University of Wollongong, ANCORS with a background in environmental and natural resources management, particularly in fisheries management. My career has focused on biodiversity conservation, fisheries management, governance and environmental protection. To this end I have provided critiques and advocated for policy and legislative reforms, participated in consultation processes of government and industry

My Phd research analysed Kenya’s legal and policy framework relative to the management and conservation of the tuna resources in Kenya’s jurisdiction, to ascertain the consistency of this framework with the international and regional legal requirements. I examined the relevant international and regional legal requirements relative to the utilization of tuna and analysed the extent to which Kenya has met its international and regional commitments.

My thesis argued that Kenya has not fully adopted measures consistent with its international and regional obligations for the sustainable utilization of tuna, and that Kenya’s current legal and policy framework does not adequately address the long-term sustainability of its tuna resources. This thesis has aided in the construction of recommendations for the review and reform of Kenya’s legal and policy framework. These recommendations included the formulation of a tuna management plan calculated to enhance the management of, and benefits derived from Kenya’s tuna fisheries. The thesis explored various options for the optimum utilisation of Kenya’s tuna resources, with a view to fostering the sustainable development of Kenya’s tuna fisheries. In developing an appropriate framework for the sustainable development of its tuna resources, Kenya will necessarily require provisions and commitments that ensure the effective management and conservation of the tuna resources in its EEZ.

Current Position

  • Operations Officer, Environment Protection Authority, Sydney NSW
  • Consultant at Samaki Eco-Systems- providing policy advice and technical support on environmental regulatory frameworks and fisheries management arrangements. 

PhD Title

Management of Tunas in the Indian Ocean: A Study of Kenya’s Implementation of International and Regional Conservation and Management Measures for Tuna 

PhD Supervisors

Professor Martin Tsamenyi, Director Emeritus and Professor at the Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security (ANCORS), University of Wollongong 

Professor Gregory Rose, Professor at the Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security (ANCORS), University of Wollongong

Last reviewed: 9 August, 2018