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 29, 2021

A new project is underway in East Africa that could reverse declines in Nile perch and tilapia in Lake Victoria and revamp the fishery’s aquaculture production systems, opening opportunity for access to bigger regional and international seafood markets.

The European Union-financed East African Community (EAC) project for promoting aquaculture in the Lake Victoria Basin, dubbed TRUE-FISH, entails supporting the growth of regional and

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Published on
January 25, 2021

Demand for seafood products in the Middle East and Africa has been rising steadily, a trend that is likely to persist through 2027, according to a new report from Insight Partners, a venture capital and research firm based in New York City, U.S.A.

The report, “Middle East and Africa Seafood Market Forecast to 2027 - COVID-19 Impact and Regional Analysis,” found the value of the seafood market in the two regions is projected to grow

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Published on
January 22, 2021

Seychelles has announced it will demarcate a special fish processing zone as part of the island nation’s effort to ease procurement of seafood from its fisheries, supporting the performance of its industrial and small-scale fisheries and aquaculture subsector …

Photo courtesy of the Seychelles Department of

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Published on
January 14, 2021

Nigeria’s artisanal fishing industry – which generates up to 80 percent of the country’s total fish output estimated at more than one million metric tons – has received a major boost after the regional Lagos State government signed a partnership deal with Ecobank Nigeria Plc.

The partnership, signed in mid-December 2020, focuses on revamping the fisheries value chain in Lagos State with artisanal fishers, including youth

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Published on
January 11, 2021

Plans by Zambia and Uganda to scale up their aquaculture production volumes have received a major boost after Africa’s biggest aquaculture firm, FirstWave Group, signed an agreement with genetics and breeding company Xelect Genetics to develop high-performance tilapia breeds in the two countries …

Photo courtesy of FirstWave

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Published on
January 8, 2021

The Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC) has published a new list of yellowfin tuna catch limit allocations for 2021.

A statement by IOTC Executive Secretary Christopher O’Brien said the commission is focused on the rebuilding of the Indian Ocean yellowfin tuna stock, hence the annual allocation of catch limits for affiliated members under the organization’s Resolution 19/01.

O’Brien said the 2021 catch limits concern fishing

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Published on
December 31, 2020

Liberia’s effort to empower local fishing communities to tackle illicit fishing activities and practice sustainable exploitation of marine fisheries has received a major boost after the launch of a new four-year, USD 3 million (EUR 2.4 million) Communities for Fisheries project.

The four-year project is a partnership between the Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF) and Liberia’s state-owned National Fisheries and Aquaculture

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Published on
December 30, 2020

As the scheduled total ban on the use of large-scale drift gillnets within the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission’s (IOTC) area of mandate draws near, the organization has asked its members and cooperating entities to submit to the IOTC Secretariat a complete list of flagged vessels operating in the high seas by 31 December, 2020.

The IOTC plans to ban the use of large-scale drift gillnets by contracting parties and cooperating non-contracting

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Published on
December 29, 2020

The United Arab Emirates’ efforts to woo more private sector participation through the implementation of the country’s Aquaculture Pulse 2000 seafood blueprint is gaining momentum …

Photo courtesy of Fish Farm

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Published on
December 28, 2020

The Mozambican fishing industry’s efforts to expand its pool of skilled labor has received a major boost after a successful capacity building event in early December, paving the way for more training opportunities for new entrants, especially in the marine fishing sector.

The Professional Capacity Building Programme for the Marine Fishing Sector in Mozambique event held in early December in Mozambique, which took place as part of the

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