Shem Oirere

Shem Oirere

Contributing Editor

Shem Oirere is a Kenyan journalist who previously worked for daily newspapers as a general news correspondent, business reporter and sub-editor before turning to full-time freelancing. For the more than 20 years, he has covered various sectors of Africa’s economy including agriculture, food processing, and maritime industries. A graduate of the University of South Africa, he has traveled within and outside Africa covering various industry events that have a bearing on the continent’s economy on behalf of different international consumer and trade publications. He currently lives in Nairobi, Kenya.

Published on
July 19, 2021

Oceana Group, Africa’s largest fishing company, has appointed Peter Gerard de Beyer as its new independent director with effect from 15 July. 

Photo courtesy of Oceana

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Published on
July 15, 2021

Monitoring of illegal trawl fishing activities in Ghana has increasingly become a risky assignment for fisheries observers recruited by the country’s fisheries commission due to increasing incidents of bribery, threats, and abuse at sea, especially on the Chinese-owned, but Ghana-flagged industrial trawlers.

An investigation by the Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF) reveals observers are working in unsafe environments that make it

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Published on
July 14, 2021

Cameroon, a net frozen fish importer, appears determined to woo more investments in its fish farming so as to reduce the country’s surging seafood imports.

The central African country, with a fisheries sector that accounts for up to 1.8 percent of the country’s estimated USD 35 billion (EUR 29.6 billion) economy, is leveraging on the prevailing political goodwill and conducive investment climate to expand its aquaculture sector

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Published on
July 13, 2021

Nigeria Fisheries and Aquaculture Department Director Ime Umoh has identified the high cost of inputs, use of unimproved breeds in aquaculture, and need for improved access to finance as the main obstacles hampering expansion of the country’s aquaculture sub-sector.

Umoh, who spoke last week at the International Dialogue on the Transformation and Future of Aquatic Food Systems in Nigeria on behalf of Nigerian Minister of Agriculture and

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Published on
July 7, 2021

Namibia’s High Court has declined to invalidate a mining license awarded to Namibian Marine Phosphate (NMP) for a proposed marine phosphate-mining project within the Benguela current marine ecosystem on the outer shelf to the south west of Walvis Bay.

Namibian fishing industry organizations, including the Confederation of Namibia Fishing Associations, Namibia Hake Association, and Midwater Trawling Association, had petitioned the High

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Published on
July 5, 2021

Ghana’s Fisheries Commission has issued notice to companies engaged in the country’s trawl fishing sub-sector – including operators of industrial vessels – to reapply for fishing licenses to continue fishing operations as the West African government attempts to address the challenges of dwindling stocks, illegal unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing, and uncontrolled access.

Ghana Fisheries Commission Executive

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Published on
June 29, 2021

Samherji has laid bare some of the findings of an internal investigation into previous questionable dealings of its Namibian operations.

Samherji was alleged to have paid bribes to Namibian politicians and businessmen to gain unfair advantage and access to Namibian horse mackerel quotas.

Namibia is currently pursuing a cash-for-quota corruption case, popularly known as the “Fishrot” scandal, based on allegations made

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Published on
June 28, 2021

The availability of a clean and cold seawater resource in South Africa’s coastline has attracted a major salmon farming investment from South African and Danish firm Cape Nordic Corporation (CNC), which plans to build a recirculating aquaculture system to produce salt-water finfish species …

Photo courtesy of Cape Nordic

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Published on
June 25, 2021

South Africa’s Department of Environment, Forestry, and Fisheries (DEFF) has announced the rejection of all three applications submitted by Karpowership SA (Pty) Ltd for an environmental authorization for the development of gas to power via powerships at the ports of Richards Bay, Ngqura and Saldanha …

Photo courtesy of South Africa's Department of Environment, Forestry, and

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Published on
June 24, 2021

Kenya has announced KES 10.7 billion (USD 98 million, EUR 83 million) in new financing to revamp the country’s fish production levels and improve seafood exports over the next year.

Treasury Cabinet Secretry Ukur Yatani has indicated in his 2021-2022 budget statement projects targeted in the new funding allocation include the Aquaculture Business Development and the Kenya Fisheries and Socio-Economic Development projects, which are being

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