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
January 17, 2022

Cape Town, South Africa-based frozen fish supplier Sea Harvest Group has signed a business purchase agreement to acquire Western Australia-based MG Kailis Holdings Proprietary Limited and its subsidiaries at a cost of AUD 70 million (USD 51 million, EUR 44.6 million) – excluding transaction costs.

The acquisition will be made through its wholly-owned Australian subsidiaries Sea Harvest Pty and Sea Harvest Marine Pty.

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Published on
January 14, 2022

The African island nation of São Tomé and Príncipe has announced a new resolution to join the Fisheries Transparency Initiative (FiTI).

The country – whose population relies on fish as a primary source of protein – is now the sixth nation committed to increase transparency in its fisheries management through the FiTI standard, following Mauritania, Seychelles, Senegal, Cabo Verde, and Madagascar, according

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Published on
January 11, 2022

The Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC) has, on the recommendation of its scentific committee, set the catch limit for yellowfin tuna at 287,140 metric tons (MT) in 2022.

IOTC Executive Secretary Christopher O’Brien said in early January that 24 of the commission’s members have been allocated varying catch limits in line with committee recommendations, with the European Union, Maldives, Seychelles, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, and Yemen

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January 6, 2022
Saudi Arabia’s National Fisheries Development Program – a Division of the Ministry of Environment, Water, and Agriculture – has predicted the country’s shrimp exports to Russia will increase more than 600 percent in 2022. Program CEO Ali Al-Shaikhi told Zawya the anticipated increase in shrimp exports to Russia from the current 3,000 metric tons (MT) to 20,000 MT is driven by an uninterrupted surge in demand for the product in the… Read More
Published on
January 6, 2022

South Africa has pushed back the deadline for the 2020/2021 Fishing Rights Allocations Process (FRAP), which will now end on January 2022, after the new online application procedure became problematic for applicants.

Deputy Director-General for Fisheries Management in the Department of Forestry, Fisheries, and the Environment Susan Middleton said, in a public notice dated 28 December 2021, the re-opening of the FRAP Online system is to

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Published on
December 29, 2021

Three West African countries have forged a partnership to implement a joint fisheries’ observer program as part of their effort to ensure safe, secure, and legal fisheries are maintained across the Gulf of Guinea.

Ghana has signed a pact with Togo and Benin to carry out the joint monitoring of the countries’ fisheries, including sharing intelligence supplied by the Regional Monitoring, Control, and Surveillance Centre (RMCSC) that

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Published on
December 28, 2021

The Legislature of Liberia has approved a USD 40 million (EUR 35.6 million) financing deal between the West African country and the World Bank’s International Development Association (IDA) for the implementation of the Liberia Sustainable Management of Fisheries Project (LSMFP).

The approval by both the Liberian House of Representatives and Senate comes weeks after IDA and Liberia announced the financing, which includes a USD 20 million

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Published on
December 17, 2021

Guinea-Bissau has reiterated its commitment to the latest five-year fisheries partnership agreement with the European Union.

The agreement, which was first signed in 2007 and which was renewed for four years in 2019, will enable the West African country to increase national revenue, create additional jobs, and support growth of the nation's seafood industry, according to Guinea-Bissau Foreign Minister Suzi Barbosa.

Barbosa told

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Published on
December 15, 2021

A new OMR 20 million (EUR 45.7 million, USD 51.7 million) shrimp project in Oman has commenced commercial production according to a top official in the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Water Resources …

Photo courtesy of Fisheries Development

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Published on
December 14, 2021

Namibian NGO Affirmative Repositioning (AR) has entered into a partnership with London, U.K.-based global anti-corruption fund Restitution to begin litigation targeting the tracing and recovery of more than NAD 2.5 billion (USD 156.3 million, EUR 133.1 million) suspected to have been lost through the Fishrot scandal between 2014 and 2019, the Namibian reported.

The initiative creates an avenue to initiate international civil lawsuits against

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