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
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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Published on
November 7, 2019

Manada SA – a Malagasy, family-owned fish company – has for more than two decades partnered with Madagascar’s fishing community, government, and private sector to address several challenges, mainly the lack of training as well as the limited access to fishing equipment and export markets ...

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Published on
November 1, 2019

The three-day Seafex 2019 show opened its gates in Dubai on 29 October, attracting more than 40 exhibitors from the United States, Asia, Europe, and Africa.

This year’s Seafex, its eighth edition, was co-located with the Gulfood Manufacturing, yummex Middle East, and the Private Label & Licensing shows. The event is one of the key seafood shows in the Middle East, Asia, and Africa markets, bringing together professionals, producers,

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Published on
October 31, 2019

Private fishing and aquaculture companies in Morocco are working together with the Moroccan Ministry of Agriculture and Marine Fisheries to increase access to financing, diversify export markets, and boost sustainable production of seafood to ensure the country maintains and improves its global competitive advantage.

The Federation of Industries of Transformation and Promotion of Fishery Products (FENIP), which brings

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Published on
October 30, 2019

The European Union and member-countries including Africa, the Caribbean, and the Pacific Group (ACP), have partnered to support the integration of the fishing and aquaculture sector’s economic, environmental, and social components through a USD 44.5 million (EUR 40 million) project.

The project, FISH4ACP, “will invest in value chains to stimulate inclusive growth, bolster food security and minimize impact on the marine

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Published on
October 25, 2019

Malawi’s efforts to turn around its fisheries and aquaculture sector has received a major boost after the African Development Bank (AfDB) approved USD 13.2 million (EUR 11.8 million) in loans and grants to support sustainable capture fisheries, aquaculture development, and to revamp the country’s fish value chains.

AfDB’s financial support, which was approved in early October, includes USD 8.98 million (EUR 8.09 million) from

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Published on
October 25, 2019

The Seychelles, an island country off the coast of East Africa, is nearing completion of a plan that will see it drastically increase the coverage of its marine protected areas.

By adopting the so-called “Third South West Indian Ocean Fisheries Governance and Shared Growth Project” (SWIOFish3), which includes the final phase of the Marine Spatial Plan initiative, the Seychelles is raising its marine protected area coverage to 30

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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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