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
October 15, 2020

Even as landings at Kenya’s second-largest freshwater lake – Lake Naivasha – increased by 188 percent between 2015 and 2019, persistent illegal fishing activities continue to threaten the water body’s potential.

That trend is expected to be reversed after Kenyan government has deployed its Coast Guard and other agencies to tackle the problem of unauthorized fishing operations.

Under an agreement between the national

Read More
Published on
October 12, 2020

Namibia’s much awaited auction of government-held fishing rights – held to raise funds to contain the coronavirus pandemic – has ended in disappointment after the sale attracted bids for 1.3 percent of the USD 38 million (EUR 32.3 million) that were on offer, according to a report quoting Finance Minister Iipumbu Shiimi.

The auction, which was targeting foreign fishing vessels and operators, would have seen Namibia offload 60

Read More
Published on
October 6, 2020

African tilapia producer Lake Harvest has signed a five-year broodfish supply agreement with Benchmark Holding’s subsidiary Spring Genetics that gives the commercial aquaculture company exclusive access to tilapia species with improved resistance to diseases and superior performance traits …

Photo courtesy of Benchmark

Read More
Published on
October 2, 2020

Cape Town, South Africa-based seafood company Premier Fishing SA, an affiliate of listed Premier Fishing and Brands Limited, has issued 30 percent of its total share capital to more than 900 of its employees, and to fishing communities in selected areas where the firm operates.

The transaction, which the company describes in a media statement as one of the “largest of its kind in South Africa and in the fishing sector,” would see 20

Read More
Published on
October 1, 2020

Weeks after the Mauritius government ordered fishermen to keep away from the country’s beaches and lagoons due to the oil spill that has impacted the coastal Blue Bay, the African Development Bank (AfDB) has announced a USD 500,000 (EUR 429,118) emergency assistance grant to support international recovery efforts in cleaning up the oil spill that has drawn global attention.

Mauritius, which has one of the largest Exclusive Economic Zones

Read More
Published on
September 25, 2020

Kenya’s aspiration to boost its fishing sector is gaining momentum with the development of a new modern fishing port and the streamlining of the ownership and operation of fish-landing sites.

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has injected fresh energy into the ongoing renovation, operationalization, and expansion of  the Liwatoni Fisheries Complex on the country’s coast by ordering the project’s completion by March 2021.

Read More
Published on
September 23, 2020

Qatar, a net seafood importer, plans to reduce its import bill and scale up production to meet at least 90 percent of the country’s fish consumption needs by 2023 according to a new report …

Photo courtesy of Fitria

Read More
Published on
September 23, 2020

The Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC) has published its 2019 nominal catch data, indicating that multiple species of tuna are being overfished.

The IOTC data indicates that 16 percent more Indian Ocean skipjack was caught than provided by the commission’s harvest control rule. At the same time, the data shows the Indian Ocean yellowfin, that is already overfished, exceeded 100,000 metric tons (MT) on top of the quantity

Read More
Published on
September 9, 2020

Cape Town, South Africa-based seafood company Sea Harvest Group has reported a mixed set of results for the first half of 2020, recording a drastic decline in its aquaculture performance and gains from its South African fishing operations …

Photo courtesy of Sea

Read More
Published on
September 3, 2020

Seychelles President Danny Faure has appointed Nichol John Elizabeth the new chief executive officer of the Seychelles Fishing Authority after receiving recommendations from the authority’s board of directors.

The new CEO, an executive with Indian Ocean Tuna Ltd. – which is majority owned by MW Brands Seychelles – succeeds Ronny Renaud, who in 2019 became the second chief executive to resign from the position, after his

Read More