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
September 16, 2021

Africa’s population could double from the current one billion to two billion people by 2050, with its demand for fish projected to increase to between 16 and 29 million metric tons (MT) in the same period from the current 10 million MT, according to a report by Netherlands-based global investment fund Aqua-Spark.

The report, part of Aqua-Spark’s Aqua Insights Report series, projects additional investment is needed in farmed tilapia

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September 15, 2021

Namibia’s Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has called off an investigation into a foreign bank account it earlier claimed to be one of those linked to so-called "Fishrot" scandal, saying the probe turned out to be "a wild-goose chase."

ACC Director General Paulus Noa told The Namibian the investigation into allegations of nearly NAD 1 billion (USD 69.8. million, EUR 59.1 million) from the infamous “Fishrot” corruption

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September 13, 2021

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has confirmed pollution that has killed huge numbers of fish beginning in July 2021 in the Kasai River Basin, particularly along the Tshikapa River, is due to a leakage of a tailings dam at one of the biggest diamond mines in neighboring Angola, the BBC reported.

DRC Environment Minister Eve Bazaiba said the leakage, which has been traced to the Catoca Mine which produces up to 75 percent of

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Published on
September 10, 2021

The South Africa Cabinet has endorsed the timelines for the roll-out of the Fishing Rights Allocation Process (FRAP) ... 

Photo courtesy of Atlantis Seafood

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Published on
September 10, 2021

Multiple fisheries in West Africa are currently implementing two key projects that could, in the short-term, reverse declining seafood resources to pave the way for building up stocks, improving fishery management measures, reducing bycatch, and achieving effective control and monitoring of the region’s fishing activities.

The two projects, which also focus on empowering fishers and other seafood value chain operators through training and

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September 9, 2021

Tilapia production in Sub-Saharan Africa has the potential to expand to both meet regional fish consumption demand and increase export volumes, emulating the success story of fish farming in Egypt and Brazil, according to Aqua-Spark Senior Aquaculture Industry Analyst Willem van der Pijl.

The focus of Sub-Saharan Africa tilapia producing countries, he said, should be on promoting and attracting additional investments from large-scale tilapia

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Published on
September 6, 2021

A number of Africa’s seaweed producers are among those expected to post substantial seaweed market growth as global pressure mounts on governments to increase seafood production, reduce global warming, and restore overexploited marine fisheries to sustainable levels.

Growing demand for the vitamins and minerals found in seaweed, primarily for use in the manufacture of food, healthcare, and personal care products, is a key driver in

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Published on
September 2, 2021

Cape Town, South Africa-based Sea Harvest Group has announced positive interim results for the six months ending 30 June, 2021 – supported by the strong performance of its South Africa fishing operations, Cape Harvest Foods segment, and its Australian venture.

Sea Harvest Group CEO Felix Ratheb said the company posted a 5 percent increase in revenue for the six months, increasing to ZAR 2.1 billion (USD 143.3 million, EUR 121.4

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Published on
August 26, 2021

Oman Aquaculture Company, part of Muscat, Oman-based Al Jazeera Investments, will complete its OMR 5.7 million (USD 14.7 million EUR 12.6 million) Mirbat Abalone farming project in the fourth quarter of 2021

Photo courtesy of Oman News

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Published on
August 24, 2021

Ghana’s inshore fishery is facing an imminent collapse, with serious repercussions on national food security and incomes for millions of people along the seafood value chain, according to a new report by Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF).

The report details how government reluctance to effectively tackle overfishing and illegal fishing by industrial trawlers, most of which are majority-owned by Chinese but operating under Ghanaian

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