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 22, 2019

Despite having a record of weak enforcement of its regulations against illegal fishing, Ghana has for the first time in nearly five years apprehended a trawler manned by Chinese and Ghanaian crew with an estimated 13.9 metric tons of illegal small pelagic fish caught in a single day, according to a press statement by the Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF).

The trawler, which has been fined USD 1 million (EUR 896,661), was found using illegal

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Published on
October 14, 2019

Liberia has received equipment support from Japan that could enable artisanal fishermen in the West Africa country increase their catch, reduce the number of days they spend fishing, and minimize post-fishing losses

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Published on
October 10, 2019

Zambia’s fisheries and aquaculture sector has received a major boost with the approval of nearly USD 57 million (EUR 51.7 million) in financing for two key projects that could help the country reduce current national fish deficit, estimated at 46 percent ... 

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Published on
October 7, 2019

Kenya has teamed up with the World Bank to undertake a five-year, USD 100 million (EUR 91 million) fisheries and mariculture expansion project targeting five counties along the country’s 640-kilometer Indian Ocean coastline.

The three-component Kenya Marine Fisheries and Socioeconomic Development Project (KEMFSED), which is being implemented by the government through the State Department for Fisheries and the Blue Economy, entails

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October 4, 2019

Oil-rich Angola will in the 2019-2020 fiscal year introduce a new fuel subsidy to support its agriculture and fisheries sectors, as the government strives to achieve food security and reduce national malnutrition levels.

Angola’s Ministry of Finance said the fuel subsidy represents “an important stimulus for strengthening the country’s productive sectors," according to Bloomberg. The ministry has provided no details on what the

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September 27, 2019

South Africa has delayed the renewal and issuance of new commercial fishing permits – which were initially set to expire in December 2020 – for one year to allow the country's Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries (DEFF) to streamline the process and address concerns from fishing communities about exclusion in previous allocations.

The commercial fishing rights, which will now expire in December 2021, are for 12 sectors

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Published on
September 24, 2019

Namibian fishing industry workers and organizations are protesting the licensing of miners to prospect for minerals in the country’s coastal seabed and are asking the government to declare a moratorium on issuance of any new permits and to revoke any previously granted as to protect the country’s fisheries and aquaculture sector, the second-largest export earner of foreign currency after mining.

Protests broke out early this month in

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September 18, 2019

The Eastern Africa countries of Uganda and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are implementing a USD 24 million (EUR 21.7 million) fisheries and integrated water management project that would enable the country to effectively address the poor management and deterioration of fisheries on the shared lakes Albert and Edward, to improve production and enhance food security.

The Global Environment Fund, African Development Bank, and the Nile

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Published on
September 17, 2019

Equatorial Guinea has received backing from the African Development Bank to implement the Project for the Development of Value Chains in the Fisheries and Aquaculture Sector (PASPA), which could see annual fisheries and aquaculture production increasing by nearly 320 percent in the country  …

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Published on
September 12, 2019

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is helping Sudan, a country of 33 million people, develop a fisheries and aquaculture investment plan this year, to help the country develop multiple facets of the industry. 

The new plan is intended to attract technical and financial support for the harnessing of Sudan’s inland and marine fisheries resources. It also includes plans to package investment opportunities in aquaculture for

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