DFS Staff

Dr. Kofi Apreku
Asst. Professor (Head of Department)

Kofi Holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Adelaide, South Australia, with doctoral thesis on management, efficiency and sustainability issues in fisheries. He also holds advanced degree in Business administration. His primary fields of study include natural resources & environmental economics, applied statistics and econometrics, and Banking & Finance. Curent research interests and activities are in the areas of Fisheries management; Bioeconomic modelling; Fisher behaviour and interaction in small-scale fisheries; Development of fishing communities in the Pacific region; Aquaculture development, as well as Environmental and climate change challenges in Developing countires.

Dr. Lindon Havimana
Senior Lecturer

Dr. Lindon Havimana recently joined Solomon Islands National University as senior lecturer. He earned his PhD in Fisheries Science from the United Graduate School of Agricultural Sciences, Kagoshima University, Japan and was fortunate to be a research fellow of the same University. His area of specialty is on the population biology of economically important fish species, with an end goal of attainment of sound fisheries management. He had worked and published on female and male reproductive biology and age and growth of a commercially important fish species in the northwestern Pacific. His research interests are on the understanding of different statistical models for making fisheries management decisions, and epigenetic analyses for age and maturity estimation of commercially important fish species.

Collin Rudolf Nobbs Gereniu

Collin holds a Master Degree in Food Engineering from Pukyong National University, Busan, South Korea, and a Bachelor of Science majoring in Marine Science from the University of the South Pacific, Suva, Fiji. Mr. Gereniu’s core skills include training, awareness raising, public speaking and research. His research for his Master Degree focused on extraction of functional/ bioactive materials from the red seaweed Kappaphycus alvarezii which he published in two reputable international journals. He has also worked with other academics and specialists to publish in several other international journals relating to Marine Conservation and Food Science. His current research is focus mainly on optimizing conditions for extraction of Kappa-carrageenan from K.alvarezii using much simpler technology that can be done domestically by local seaweed farmers in Solomon Islands.

Jim Hyacinth Damusaru

Jim holds a Master of Science degree in Fisheries Science (MSc FS), Postgraduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching (PGCTT), and a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Science (BSc MS). Jim’s major research activities are in the areas of fish biology, sustainable fish culture systems and fish feed technology & manufacturing. His published Master’s research focused on creating dietary analogues using variety of organic ingredients for protein (fish meal) replacement in Japanese eel fish, Anguilla japonica. Jim also co-authored a few other publications, related to his field, in some peer-reviewed journals. His current research now focuses on creating fishmeal dietary analogue for local finfishes in Solomon Islands.

Kezyiah Saepioh

Ms. Saepioh holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Pukyong National University (PKNU), Busan, South Korea and a Bachelor of Fisheries and Marine Resources from the University of Natural Resources and Environment (UNRE), East New Britain Province, Papua New Guinea. Her areas of specialty relate to fisheries economics, policy and management, and seafood marketing. She teaches fisheries theories, sustainable fisheries management, fisheries governance and cooperatives, seafood distribution and marketing, and fisheries information processing.  The core research areas that captivate her interest include; the intertwining relationships of human society, market, and the dynamic exploitation patterns of fisheries and marine resources; and potentials of fisheries self-governance for market improvements and sustainability in the Pacific Islands context. She aspires to foster her research interest through research collaborations. Ongoing research engagements: Aquaculture as a livelihood paradigm in PICTs; and a human rights approach to the issue of IUU fishing in the Pacific Islands Industrial Tuna Fisheries, among other contributions

Madeline Kili Solo
Assistant Lecturer

Madeline holds a Master of Science degree in Marine Science (MSc MS), Postgraduate Diploma in Marine Science (PGD MS), Bachelor of Arts Food and Nutritional Studies (BA FNS) from the University of the South Pacific (USP) and a Diploma in Education (Teaching Secondary School) from the Solomon Islands College of Higher Education (SICHE). Madeline’s core skills include teaching, research and awareness creation in Post-harvest Fisheries and Seafood Safety quality. Her Master’s thesis focussed on Post-harvest handling of tuna and its implication on the livelihood of artisanal fishers and fish retailers in Solomon Islands. Two papers from the thesis are currently under review. Madeline has also co-authored a few other publications related to her field of expertise. Her research interest include, Analysis of chemical and microbiological components in seafood, seafood processing and product development, Food Laws and Quality Assurances and Functional properties of food.

Luke Jino
Assistant Lecturer

Mr. Luke Jino holds a Master’s Degree in Food Science and Bachelor of Science from the National Pingtung University of Science and Technology (NPUST), Taiwan (ROC). Luke’s major research focuses on Physicochemical and applications of Canarium indicum and Functional and structural effects of edible seaweed Sargassum cristaefolium C. Agardh. Other areas of research interest include Food Processing, Nutrition, Food Safety and Food Hygiene. Prior to joining SINU in 2021, he was a Brewing Team Leader at Solbrew (Solomon Brewery) Ltd.  Mr. Jino currently teaches Food Materials, Food Chemistry, Food Hygiene and Lab and Food Analysis.

Fiona Meke
Assistant Lecturer

Ms. Fiona Meke, assistant lecturer, is currently pursuing a Postgraduate Diploma in Islands and Ocean Stewardship at the University of the South Pacific. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Marine Affairs and Sociology from the University of the South Pacific, and a Certificate in Administration Training for Fisheries Institution – Pukyong National University, Busan, South Korea. Ms. Fiona teaches Fisheries Economics and Policies, Fisheries Education, Fish Population Dynamics, and Marine Ecology, to year one students in the Fisheries Department.  Her research interest include: Fisheries Management regimes and associated economic issues and challenges, as well as social issues in fisheries. Her current ongoing research considers issues in IUU fishing, basic human rights in the tuna industry, gender-based roles in fisheries, importance and social inclusivity, as well as Coral Reef ecology, its impacts from climate change and community livelihood.

Andrew Gray Suabulu
Assistant Lecturer