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
February 24, 2020

South Africa is a country with a large capacity to farm oysters, but production, especially of the preferred Pacific oysters, has been on the decline.

That decline has partly been the result of increasing farm closures caused by a surge in concentrations of biotoxins and other hazardous substances.

However, in 2014 the government unveiled a new delivery program, dubbed “Operation Phakisa,” to catalyze implementation of a

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Published on
February 21, 2020

Libya’s United Nations-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) is proposing measures to support planned improvements to regulations on hunting, selling, and exporting of tuna in 2020.

During a recent meeting to discuss the way forward for Libya’s dwindling tuna fishery – organized by the Ministry of Economy in the country’s capital, Tripoli – participants from various government departments committed to working

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Published on
February 18, 2020

Cape Town, South Africa-based Oceana Group Limited has announced the appointment of Trevor Giles as its interim chief operating officer

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Published on
February 13, 2020

Brazil has reached an agreement with the Moroccan government that will allow it to export more fisheries products to the North African nation ... 

Photo courtesy of the Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, and

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Published on
February 5, 2020

Persistent illegal fishing is hampering the growth of Rwanda’s landlocked fishing industry, which currently produces an estimated 26,730 tons of fish – far below an earlier-envisaged national goal of 112,000 tons, which would have met an increasing demand from expanding rural and urban populations by 2020.

Rwanda, which has an estimated population of 12.6 million people, currently relies on Tanzania and Uganda for fish imports, some

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Published on
February 4, 2020

Africa’s largest fishing company, Oceana Group, has announced the resignation of its chief operating officer and executive director Elton Bosch barely eight months after he was appointed to the position …

Photo courtesy of the Oceana

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Published on
January 29, 2020

The World Bank has issued a preparatory project advance of USD 3.7 million (EUR 3.4 million) to Liberia out of a planned USD 40 million (EUR 36.3 million) fisheries agreement between the bank and the country aimed at supporting sustainable management of fisheries, improved post-harvest practices, and revamping of aquaculture in the West African nation.

The advance financing will, among other things, support the approved rehabilitation and

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Published on
January 23, 2020

The Seychelles is anticipating a temporary interruption of some of its fishing activities, especially those relying on financing under the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Agreement (SFPA) with the European Union, which expired on 17 January.

Although negotiations for a new six-year SFPA and protocol were concluded in October 2019, the resulting document is yet to be signed because of delays by the relevant European Union Council working party

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Published on
January 20, 2020

Comoros was one of three African countries picked to benefit from the ongoing first phase of the South West Indian Ocean Fisheries Governance and Shared Growth (SWIOFish 1) program, but the country is still grappling with serious economic and social constraints that will require drastic governance reforms if the project is to achieve its objectives by 2021.

Comoros, also known as the Comoro Islands, is an archipelago of volcanic islands off

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Published on
January 16, 2020

The decision by Uganda to tackle illegal fishing on Lake Victoria with use of a specialized unit of the country’s military has run into problems after the country’s parliament halted the team’s work over allegations that violations of the human rights of fishing communities had occurred.

The Uganda People’s Defence Forces Fisheries Protection Unit (UPDF-FPU) was commissioned in early 2017 to fight the use of unauthorized

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