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
October 6, 2020

African tilapia producer Lake Harvest has signed a five-year broodfish supply agreement with Benchmark Holding’s subsidiary Spring Genetics that gives the commercial aquaculture company exclusive access to tilapia species with improved resistance to diseases and superior performance traits …

Photo courtesy of Benchmark

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Published on
October 2, 2020

Cape Town, South Africa-based seafood company Premier Fishing SA, an affiliate of listed Premier Fishing and Brands Limited, has issued 30 percent of its total share capital to more than 900 of its employees, and to fishing communities in selected areas where the firm operates.

The transaction, which the company describes in a media statement as one of the “largest of its kind in South Africa and in the fishing sector,” would see 20

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Published on
October 1, 2020

Weeks after the Mauritius government ordered fishermen to keep away from the country’s beaches and lagoons due to the oil spill that has impacted the coastal Blue Bay, the African Development Bank (AfDB) has announced a USD 500,000 (EUR 429,118) emergency assistance grant to support international recovery efforts in cleaning up the oil spill that has drawn global attention.

Mauritius, which has one of the largest Exclusive Economic Zones

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Published on
September 25, 2020

Kenya’s aspiration to boost its fishing sector is gaining momentum with the development of a new modern fishing port and the streamlining of the ownership and operation of fish-landing sites.

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has injected fresh energy into the ongoing renovation, operationalization, and expansion of  the Liwatoni Fisheries Complex on the country’s coast by ordering the project’s completion by March 2021.

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September 23, 2020

Qatar, a net seafood importer, plans to reduce its import bill and scale up production to meet at least 90 percent of the country’s fish consumption needs by 2023 according to a new report …

Photo courtesy of Fitria

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Published on
September 23, 2020

The Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC) has published its 2019 nominal catch data, indicating that multiple species of tuna are being overfished.

The IOTC data indicates that 16 percent more Indian Ocean skipjack was caught than provided by the commission’s harvest control rule. At the same time, the data shows the Indian Ocean yellowfin, that is already overfished, exceeded 100,000 metric tons (MT) on top of the quantity

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Published on
September 9, 2020

Cape Town, South Africa-based seafood company Sea Harvest Group has reported a mixed set of results for the first half of 2020, recording a drastic decline in its aquaculture performance and gains from its South African fishing operations …

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Published on
September 3, 2020

Seychelles President Danny Faure has appointed Nichol John Elizabeth the new chief executive officer of the Seychelles Fishing Authority after receiving recommendations from the authority’s board of directors.

The new CEO, an executive with Indian Ocean Tuna Ltd. – which is majority owned by MW Brands Seychelles – succeeds Ronny Renaud, who in 2019 became the second chief executive to resign from the position, after his

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Published on
August 26, 2020

The European Commission has announced a new proposal aimed at fixing fishing opportunities in the Mediterranean Sea and Black Sea for 2021 for selected fish stocks and groups of fish stocks.

The proposal, drafted by the Council of the European Union, is in an endeavor to effectively manage sustainable fishing activities among European Union members involved in fishing in the two areas, and also North African countries such as Morocco, Algeria,

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Published on
August 17, 2020

South Africa’s seafood industry players have expressed concern on the likely negative impact on fisheries by oil and gas exploration activities along the country’s south coast region by French oil giant Total SA.

The oil and gas exploration project in Block 11B/12B is likely to impact fisheries in the surrounding area, with a northern boundary extending 130 kilometers offshore of the Mossel Bay and 45 kilometers of Cape St Francis,

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