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.
The availability of a clean and cold seawater resource in South Africa’s coastline has attracted a major salmon farming investment from South African and Danish firm Cape Nordic Corporation (CNC), which plans to build a recirculating aquaculture system to produce salt-water finfish species …
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South Africa’s Department of Environment, Forestry, and Fisheries (DEFF) has announced the rejection of all three applications submitted by Karpowership SA (Pty) Ltd for an environmental authorization for the development of gas to power via powerships at the ports of Richards Bay, Ngqura and Saldanha …
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Kenya has announced KES 10.7 billion (USD 98 million, EUR 83 million) in new financing to revamp the country’s fish production levels and improve seafood exports over the next year.
Treasury Cabinet Secretry Ukur Yatani has indicated in his 2021-2022 budget statement projects targeted in the new funding allocation include the Aquaculture Business Development and the Kenya Fisheries and Socio-Economic Development projects, which are being… Read More
Uganda, one of the leading global sources of fish maw – or swim bladder – has announced a new 7 percent export levy on the product as the country closes in on finalizing an export trade deal with China.
Uganda State Minister for Planning Amos Lugoloobi said the government has introduced the levy based on the value of swim bladder exports, as part of tax policy interventions to raise revenue for financing the UGX 44.7 trillion (USD… Read More
South Africa-based Environmental Assessment Practitioner Triplo4 Sustainable Solutions has finally confirmed the suspension of an application for environmental authorization for an offshore gas-to-power powership project in the country’s Western Cape region, as concerns emerge regarding likely adverse impacts on small-scale fishing activities and marine life in general.
Triplo4 Managing Director Hantie Plomp said the decision by the… Read More
Spanish tuna operators have become the latest to sign the “Declaration of Gulf of Guinea on Suppression of Piracy” initiative that, among other things, is pushing for the deployment of a non-regional naval force to tackle rampant piracy along the 6,000-kilometer coastline extending from Senegal to Angola.
The Spanish tuna fleet, represented by the Organization of Associated Producers of Large Tuna Freezers (OPAGAC), joins more than… Read More
The United States has announced an entrance ban on two former Namibian cabinet ministers implicated in the Fishrot corruption scandal.
The so-called "Fishrot" scandal, in which more than USD 650 million (EUR 536 million) was flagged as suspicious proceeds, involved Namibia’s state-owned National Fishing Corporation of Namibia (Fishcor) and Icelandic fish processing firm Samherji. Samherji was alleged to have paid bribes to Namibian… Read More
South Africa-based startup Sea-Stematic Pty Ltd – a company working on cell-based seafood production – says it is eyeing a share of the Chinese cell-based meat market through strategic partnerships with Chinese seafood manufacturers… Read More
Oceana Group, one of the top South Africa-based seafood firms, said COVID-19 driven food service trends in the European and Chinese seafood markets have continued to have impacts with the company posting a mixed financial performance largely dictated by the uncertainties created by the global pandemic …
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Namibia has announced a successful government fish quota auction that raised NAD 189.9 million (USD 14 million, EUR 11.5 million) for the government from the sale of 15,948 metric tons (MT) of hake.
The auction on 16 April, attracted 38 bids and raised NAD 156.1 million (USD 11.4 million, EUR 9.4 million) at the primary sale after the bids were whittled down to 23, according to a joint statement by Namibian Finance Minister Ipumbu Shiimi and… Read More