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 24, 2021

Ghana’s inshore fishery is facing an imminent collapse, with serious repercussions on national food security and incomes for millions of people along the seafood value chain, according to a new report by Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF).

The report details how government reluctance to effectively tackle overfishing and illegal fishing by industrial trawlers, most of which are majority-owned by Chinese but operating under Ghanaian

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Published on
August 24, 2021

The interim plan for rebuilding the Indian Ocean yellowfin tuna stock by the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC) should target cooperation of large-scale industrial fishing fleets, as opposed to small-scale fishers, according to India’s Department of Fisheries.

India has objected to the IOTC’s resolution on the rebuilding of Indian Ocean yellowfin tuna. India Fisheries Development Commissioner Intisar Anees Siddiqui, in a letter to

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Published on
August 23, 2021

Tanzania is reviewing its fishing laws with the goal of strengthening them and making them more accessible to stakeholders in the fight against illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing.

Tanzanian Agriculture and Fisheries Minister Mashimba Ndaki said the new government of Tanzania President Suluhu Hassan is determined to tighten current fishing industry regulations to avert revenue losses caused by illegal

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Published on
August 12, 2021

South Africa’s cabinet has approved the long-awaited National Freshwater (Inland) Wild Capture Fisheries Policy, providing an efficient regulatory framework for the utilization of the country’s inland fisheries sector.

The policy also formalizes the currently informal and un-recognized activities of small-scale fisheries across the country, according to a government statement after the 4 August cabinet meeting.

“The

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Published on
August 10, 2021

East Africa’s drive to achieve self-sufficiency in fish feed production received a major boost after Dutch producer of animal nutrition, aquafeed, and processed meat products Nutreco N.V. signed a partnership deal with Unga Group Plc. – the largest feed milling operator in the region – for the manufacture of aquafeed.

Nutreco and Unga have agreed to form two joint ventures, which are yet to be named. One joint venture will be

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Published on
August 5, 2021

Mauritania and the European Union signed a new fishing protocol on 29 July that will allow the EU fleet to access at least 290,000 metric tons (MT) of four categories of fish annually in the country’s waters …

Photo courtesy of the European

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Published on
August 2, 2021

Egypt’s House of Representatives has approved articles of a new bill supporters say is critical to improving regulations on the protection and development of the country's fisheries.

The approval of Article 40 of the new bill paves the way for a ban on all foreign fishing boats from operating in Egyptian territorial or economic waters. However, the ban will only be implemented if it does not affect Egypt’s existing laws granting

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Published on
July 29, 2021

A new report has found that countries in the Western Indian Ocean (WIO) region have identified and set aside 143 marine and coastal locations as protected areas in an effort to build climate-resilient fishery systems and boost fish stocks.

The protected areas cover 553,163 square kilometers, or nearly 7 percent of the total exclusive economic zone within the WIO region. Of that total, 63 percent of the area encapsulated by protected zones have

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Published on
July 28, 2021

Somalia, plagued with persistent incidents of piracy and rampant illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing, is aiming to tighten its fishing licensing regime in order to end loopholes that result in illegal activity.  

Amid claims of deep-rooted corruption within Somalia’s fishing industry, the country's Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources (MFMR), under the leadership of Minister Abdillahi Bidhan Warsame, plans to

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Published on
July 28, 2021

Uncertainty hangs over a June 2021 agreement by the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC) to limit the total Indian Ocean yellowfin tuna catch to 401,000 metric tons (MT) after six members of the commission announced intentions to object to the resolution.

In a statement, the Global Tuna Alliance (GTA) said the move by Indonesia and Oman to formally object to the agreement reached during the 25th session of the IOTC, in addition to the subsequent

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