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 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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Published on
August 24, 2021

The interim plan for rebuilding the Indian Ocean yellowfin tuna stock by the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC) should target cooperation of large-scale industrial fishing fleets, as opposed to small-scale fishers, according to India’s Department of Fisheries.

India has objected to the IOTC’s resolution on the rebuilding of Indian Ocean yellowfin tuna. India Fisheries Development Commissioner Intisar Anees Siddiqui, in a letter to

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August 23, 2021

Tanzania is reviewing its fishing laws with the goal of strengthening them and making them more accessible to stakeholders in the fight against illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing.

Tanzanian Agriculture and Fisheries Minister Mashimba Ndaki said the new government of Tanzania President Suluhu Hassan is determined to tighten current fishing industry regulations to avert revenue losses caused by illegal

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Published on
August 12, 2021

South Africa’s cabinet has approved the long-awaited National Freshwater (Inland) Wild Capture Fisheries Policy, providing an efficient regulatory framework for the utilization of the country’s inland fisheries sector.

The policy also formalizes the currently informal and un-recognized activities of small-scale fisheries across the country, according to a government statement after the 4 August cabinet meeting.

“The

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Published on
August 10, 2021

East Africa’s drive to achieve self-sufficiency in fish feed production received a major boost after Dutch producer of animal nutrition, aquafeed, and processed meat products Nutreco N.V. signed a partnership deal with Unga Group Plc. – the largest feed milling operator in the region – for the manufacture of aquafeed.

Nutreco and Unga have agreed to form two joint ventures, which are yet to be named. One joint venture will be

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Published on
August 5, 2021

Mauritania and the European Union signed a new fishing protocol on 29 July that will allow the EU fleet to access at least 290,000 metric tons (MT) of four categories of fish annually in the country’s waters …

Photo courtesy of the European

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