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
August 22, 2019

Kenya has launched a new Coast Guard Service (CGS) to fight rampant illegal fishing and help the country increase its own seafood yields.

The CGS was launched by Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta in November 2018 with the mandate of fighting illegal fishing in Kenya’s territorial waters in addition to supporting the war against terrorism, piracy, and human and drug trafficking. With intensified patrols of the East African country’s

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Published on
August 15, 2019

Malawi’s total fish production is expected to increase by 8.5 percent in 2019, after a slight decline in 2018.

The decline was triggered by falling water levels in key fishing lakes that hampered fish recruitment and breeding, according to the country’s 2018 Annual Economic Report.

Although Malawi’s total fish catch increased from 157,268 metric tons (MT) in 2016 to 199,454 MT in 2017, an equivalent of 26.8 percent rise, the

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Published on
August 9, 2019

South Africa’s Department of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries (DAFF) is proceeding with the establishment of a sea-based aquaculture development zone (ADZ) in the Algoa Bay after revising the initial project plan.

Stakeholders have now been asked to submit their feedback to the draft basic assessment report on DAFF’s revised second and final application for environmental authorization for the development of the ADZ that entails

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Published on
August 7, 2019

Senegal has partnered with a group of fishing industry private players to launch the pole-and-line tuna fishery improvement project (FIP) nearly two years after a memorandum of understanding was signed for its implementation, in an effort to support the West African country’s fisheries sector to achieve Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification.

The new FIP – which has brought together the Senegalese government, WWF-UK, Thai

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Published on
July 31, 2019

Singapore-based Pure Salmon has picked Lesotho, the mountainous landlocked kingdom encircled by South Africa, as its preferred location for one of nine global land-based recirculating aquaculture system (RAS) facilities the company hopes to open to achieve an annual production of 260,000 tons of salmon by 2025.

The project will be Africa’s first RAS salmon farm, said Stephane Farouze, Pure Salmon board director and founder of BF Asset

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Published on
July 23, 2019

Gabon has renewed its partnership with global ocean conservation group Sea Shepherd Conservation Society to support the country’s drive to eliminate illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing in its portion of the Atlantic Ocean coastal waters.

For the next three years, the U.S.-based Sea Shepherd will

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Published on
July 19, 2019

Uganda received new fishing industry guidelines at the beginning of the month.

The new guidelines come at a time when the landlocked East African country is experiencing falling fish prices that have posed a threat to fish processing businesses, which rely on Lake Victoria for fish supply

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Published on
July 12, 2019

South Africa is proposing a review of an existing policy on abalone fishing rights to ensure more small-scale fishing coastal communities – hitherto considered marginalized under existing fisheries regulations – have their share of access to the resource increased as one way of tackling the runaway poaching of the endemic abalone species Haliotis midae. 

Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries Minister Senzeni

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Published on
July 10, 2019

The 55-nation African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) launched this month, nearly two months after an agreement creating it came into force. 

Countries in the region will benefit from free trade in seafood and fishery products and full compliance with the 1995 FAO Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries.

The AfCFTA Agreement, which was earlier signed in Kigali, Rwanda, on 21 March, 2018, promotes closer economic integration among

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Published on
July 3, 2019

South Africa has temporarily suspended licensed exploratory fishing for octopus in the False Bay area, one of the locations earlier selected by the country's Department of Environment, Forestry, and Fisheries (DEFF) for data collection on the potential of commercial octopus fishing to create jobs and support the country’s economic development.

The suspension announced by Environment, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Barbara Creecy on 28

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