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 6, 2020

South Africa is fast-tracking the allocation of fishing rights to small-scale fishers in a bid to attract additional investment in a sector that has been characterized by low production, inadequate investment, and socio-economic marginalization.

Department of Environment, Forestry, and Fisheries Minister Barbara Creecy said in a speech overviewing the department’s budget that completion of the 15-year fishing rights allocation

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Published on
August 6, 2020

An innovative new solution in the production of fish feed is taking shape in Kenya as Africa-focused company InsectiPro pioneers the use of insect larvae as a protein source for high-quality aquafeeds …

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Published on
July 27, 2020

South Africa-based global fishing company Oceana Group has announced the appointment of Hajra Karrim as the new company chief financial officer and executive director, effective from 1 November, 2020.

Karrim will take over for Trevor Giles, who has been acting in that position since 11 February, 2020, when the former CFO Elton Bosch resigned for what the company said was his desire to “pursue other business interests.”

Karrim, a

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Published on
July 27, 2020

Namibia’s seafood trade has received a major boost from the country’s partnership with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) –  connections that have enabled local development of a food safety and quality assurance system.

IAEA said the system “incorporates nuclear science into quality tests for food and water safety and has allowed the country to make

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Published on
July 20, 2020

The implementation of one of Africa’s major fisheries governance projects has received a major boost with the successful recruitment of Godfrey Baidoo-Tsibu to coordinate a key component of the sub-regional initiative.

The Fisheries Committee for the West Central Gulf of Guinea Programme for Improved Regional Fisheries Governance in Western Africa (FCWC-PESCAO) has successfully recruited Baidoo-Tsibu, formerly a regional director with

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Published on
July 17, 2020

South Africa has published for public comment a new proposed management structure of the more than 300 estuaries along the country’s 3,200 kilometer coastline as the government moves to protect nursery areas for numerous estuarine fish species and other productive marine ecosystems …

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Published on
July 13, 2020

Saudi Arabia is pushing to increase its seafood production to 600,000 metric tons in the next 10 years, an initiative that has encouraged a surge in private sector investments in the aquaculture sector’s pre-harvest, production, and post-harvest segments.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates-based Aqua Bridge Farms Co. has become the latest private sector investor to achieve a milestone in Saudi Arabia’s seafood industry, after making a

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Published on
July 10, 2020

The Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC) is sounding the alarm on an impending stalling of its operations due to a lack of funding, as some of the organization’s members are unable to pay up their 2020 annual contributions due to the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic.

IOTC Executive Secretary Christopher O’Brien has asked members with unpaid subscriptions to address the non-payment issue “with the utmost urgency to

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Published on
July 8, 2020

Four African countries are among nine Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) members that have formed a new working group to explore options for supporting the seafood industry, and the wider marine fisheries and aquaculture industry in and around the Indian Ocean as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to take its toll on the regional economy.

During a virtual meeting on 23 June of the IORA Cluster Group on Fisheries Management, Kenya, Madagascar,

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Published on
July 6, 2020
A new tilapia farming initiative targeting both Kenya and Uganda has raised hope of reversing low productivity trends of tilapia, a popular fish species in East Africa. A new partnership between a private industry development entity and Scotland-based genetics solutions provider Xelect is spearheading the project. The partnership between Xelect and Msingi East Africa Ltd. has opened a new chapter in farmed tilapia production through the use of… Read More