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
December 19, 2019

Four vessels were arrested in Benin earlier this month for fishing in special management areas and restricted ecological reserves.

Sea Shepherd, an international non-profit marine wildlife conservation organization, said in a statement that the four industrial trawlers Fada 10, Tian Yu 5, Tian Yu 6 and Tian Yu 8, were apprehended during a joint operation that also involved the Beninese Navy.

“The fishing vessels were busted when the

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Published on
December 17, 2019

The Food and Agriculture Organization has delivered 12 longline fishing vessels to the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources in Somalia’s northern autonomous State of Puntland.

The vessels were transferred under the European Union’s financed Coastal Communities Against Piracy (CCAP) program, designed to support the Horn of Africa country’s ongoing fisheries and aquaculture sector reforms.

The CCAP is one of several

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Published on
December 13, 2019

Plans to increase East Africa’s aquaculture production have received a major boost with the fast-tracking of a marine hatchery project that has been domiciled in the semi-autonomous Indian Ocean Island nation of Zanzibar.

The project, which is supported by the U.N.’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), is being financed by both the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and the Zanzibar government, will in the coming

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Published on
December 6, 2019

Cape Town, South Africa-based fishing company Oceana Group has reported a 4 percent growth in year-on-year earnings to ZAR 636.4 million (USD 43.4 million, EUR 39.4 million) for the 12 months ending 30 September, 2019

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Published on
December 6, 2019

Liberia is keen on grabbing a slice of the lucrative European Union fish market, and has subsequently struck a deal with Ghana’s standards body to facilitate the certification and testing of its seafood products destined for countries in the E.U.

The Liberian Ministry of Commerce and its state fishing agency, the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority (NaFAA), recently signed a memorandum of understanding on technical cooperation

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Published on
December 5, 2019

South Africa has lifted a temporary ban on an exploratory octopus fishery announced last June, at the same time it approved additional measures to avert the entanglement of whales in octopus fishing gear.

Environment, Forestry, and Fisheries Minister Barbara Creecy gave a nod to the resumption of the exploratory octopus fishery in False Bay, located in the Atlantic Ocean between Cape Peninsula and Hottentos Holland Mountains. That region is

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Published on
December 4, 2019

Ghana’s aquaculture sector is asking the country’s Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development (MFAD) to renew and enforce a ban on the importation of tilapia, and to put greater focus on tackling persistent illegal fishing activities around Volta Lake.

The Ghana Aquaculture Stakeholders (GAS) Group has submitted a petition, calling for urgent and decisive action on banning tilapia imports to address a worsening crisis in the

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Published on
November 29, 2019

The Gambia, a tiny West Africa nation with an 80-kilometer-long coastline, has big plans to increase its total fish production to 75,000 metric tons (MT) from the current estimate of 53,719 MT, but pressure from a global network of illegal and unsustainable fishing activities – and the government’s inability to reverse collapsing industrial fishing – is weighing heavily against projected catch volumes.

In its current National

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Published on
November 20, 2019

Small-scale fish farming is at the center of an initiative among communities near the shores of Lake Victoria in East Africa dedicated to integrating fish production with other solutions to address food insecurity, human health, and eradication of poverty.

One fish production project initiated by a community in Nyakach, Kisumu County in Kenya, with the support of Oklahoma, U.S.A.-based World Neighbours – a nonprofit international

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Published on
November 8, 2019

Small scale fishermen displaced by a USD 5 billion (EUR 4.5 billion) multi-purpose port in Kenya’s town of Lamu are protesting the delayed compensation that they say has plunged them into poverty as they are unable to acquire modern fishing equipment suitable for deep sea fishing. 

The nearly 5,000 small scale fishermen say only large-scale industrial fishing vessels are now operating in the archipelago of Lamu, some of them illegally

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