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
May 7, 2021

Seychelles Fisheries Minister Jean-Francois Ferrari has called the delayed payment of compensation for the country’s seafarers working on European Union fishing vessels “disappointing.”

The minister blamed the delay of payments on the insistence of E.U. negotiators, who he said keep “asking for the same information in different formats,” Seychelles News Agency reported.

Seychelles Fishing Authority (SFA) said

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May 5, 2021

Oman’s Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Water Resources has signed an agreement with Middle East Scientific Equipment Corporation (MESEC) to design and develop electronic tracking systems for fishing vessels.

The initiative is a focal point of the Sultanate's efforts to streamline data collection from the country’s artisanal and industrial fishing activities.

Oman Fisheries Minister Saud Hamoud Al Habsi signed the deal

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April 30, 2021

Global efforts to improve the management of fisheries through efficient collection and utilization of high-quality data have received a boost with a GBP 650,000 (USD 907,834 EUR 753,562) grant from the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC).

The MSC grant, channeled via the Ocean Stewardship Fund, will help strengthen the at-sea fishery observer safety initiative, reduce unwanted bycatch, and improve fisheries’ harvest strategies and the

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April 29, 2021

Qatar-based industrial biotech investor Gulf Biotech has signed an agreement with Danish sustainable protein firm Unibio Group, paving the way for the construction of a natural gas processing plant that will produce protein needed in the manufacturing of fish feed.

The use of natural gas-derived protein reduces pressure on the need for soybean and other imports considered critical in achieving food security but diverted into the making of

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April 28, 2021

Namibia has started extradition proceedings for three Icelandic nationals suspected of involvement in the multimillion-dollar “fishrot” scandal that has shaken the country’s fishing industry.

Namibia Deputy Prosecutor General Ed Marondedze asked judge Christie Liebenberg to adjourn the fishrot case until the three Icelanders – Adalsteinn Helgason, Egill Helgi Árnason, and Ingvar Júlíusson –

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April 28, 2021

Namibian President Hage Geingob has appointed Derek Klazen as the country's new fisheries and marine resources minister in a cabinet reshuffle announced on 22 April.

The new fisheries minister has been promoted from his former position of deputy minister of urban and rural development to replace Albert Kawana, who has become the new minister of home affairs.

Klazen becomes the third fisheries minister since the 2019 re-election of President

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April 27, 2021

Zambian President Edgar Lungu has directed the country’s fisheries minister to submit a memorandum on establishing a fisheries and aquaculture development fund in line with Fisheries Act No. 22 – nearly 14 years since it was first introduced.

The fund was initially proposed in 2007 when the Zambian government passed the Fisheries (Amendment) Act that focused on enhancing the involvement of riparian communities in fisheries

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April 23, 2021

A combined marine operation against unlicensed fishing by Sierra Leone Navy and Sea Shepherd Global led to the arrest of four fishing vessels engaged in illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing in the West African country’s inshore exclusion zone (IEZ).

Two of the arrested vessels – Liao Dan Yu 6616 and Liao Dan Yu 6618 – were Chinese-flagged and had no fishing license, according to Sea Shepherd.

Sea Shepherd

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April 20, 2021

Dronninglund, Denmark-based aquaculture firm DanMarin A/S – part of the Kangamut Group – has one of the best-organized pond-based aquaculture farms in West Africa, where it grows tilapia and shrimp. DanMarin A/S CEO Rajiv Banerjee talked to SeafoodSource about the company's goals in Africa and the outlook for West Africa's aquaculture sector.

SeafoodSource: What is your experience of the African aquaculture market, and what

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April 16, 2021

Greenpeace is raising an alarm regarding the ongoing use of illegal driftnets in the northwest Indian Ocean, and warned that looming food insecurity and constrained economic growth in the region will result if the practice is left unchecked.

Greenpeace – which spoke to Reuters after a 14-day fact-finding mission in the northwest Indian Ocean – exposed rampant deployment of illegal fishing gear to catch tuna in the region,

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