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
March 2, 2021

The United Arab Emirates’ drive to reduce seafood imports and ramp up domestic production has received a major boost with the opening of a new AED 200 million (USD 54.4 million, EUR 45 million) facility to process, store, and distribute a variety of fish-derived foods in the Middle East …

Photo courtesy of International Holding

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Published on
March 1, 2021

Only six of the 30 African countries with sea cucumber resources have reported total catch their export totals over the past decade, despite an escalating trend of underreporting and illegal trade of it and other high-value marine species in the region.

According to a report by TRAFFIC, an international non-governmental organization that campaigns against illegal trade in wild animals and plants, the current illegal trade in high-value

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Published on
February 23, 2021

Cameroon could lose its access to the lucrative European Union seafood market due to the government’s failure to tackle illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing.

The European Commission has put Cameroon on notice by issuing the country a “yellow card,” which is a formal warning that could lead to a total ban on seafood exports from the country to the E.U.

Cameroon, the commission said, has so far failed to abide by

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February 23, 2021

South Africa Fisheries Minister Barbara Creecy has approached the country’s high court to have the process of awarding fishing rights to small-scale fishers in the fishing hub of Western Cape reviewed and set aside.

The decision is based on legal advice after an internal audit process the fisheries department launched in 2019 found the process has been “wholly inadequate.” Some of the errors exposed during the audit

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February 22, 2021

The world’s first Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)-certified hake trawl fishery has celebrated 16 years under the status, with increasing demand for its marine catch in niche markets in Europe, North America, and Australia that prefer traceable seafood products. 

South Africa’s hake trawl fishery was recertified on February 12, 2021, after a fourth successful assessment confirming the fishery’s healthy stock, minimal

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February 18, 2021

An increasing global demand for alternative sources of animal protein and a growing appreciation of the nutritional value of seafood are the two key factors likely to drive higher tilapia consumption globally, according to a report by market analyst Fact.MR.

The report “Tilapia Market, Forecast, Trend, Analysis and Competition Tracking – Global Market Insights 2021 to 2031,” claims there is a global shift toward

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February 10, 2021

The global effort to harness the potential of small-scale fisheries to achieve sustainable food systems and eliminate poverty has led to the launch of the Small-Scale Fisheries Resource and Collaboration Hub (SSF Hub) by a global coalition involved in various operations along the entire seafood value chain.

“The SSF Hub is a multilingual, interactive online platform to strengthen small-scale fisheries governance and community

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February 8, 2021

The Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC) will maintain the status quo for the current yellowfin tuna conservation measures, barely three months after the organization had scheduled an emergency meeting for March 2021 to review its conservation plan.

In November 2020, the IOTC said its March 2021 meeting would focus on emerging trends of overfishing of yellowfin tuna, which delayed the stock's rebuilding plan. However, advice issued 29

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January 29, 2021

A new project is underway in East Africa that could reverse declines in Nile perch and tilapia in Lake Victoria and revamp the fishery’s aquaculture production systems, opening opportunity for access to bigger regional and international seafood markets.

The European Union-financed East African Community (EAC) project for promoting aquaculture in the Lake Victoria Basin, dubbed TRUE-FISH, entails supporting the growth of regional and

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January 25, 2021

Demand for seafood products in the Middle East and Africa has been rising steadily, a trend that is likely to persist through 2027, according to a new report from Insight Partners, a venture capital and research firm based in New York City, U.S.A.

The report, “Middle East and Africa Seafood Market Forecast to 2027 - COVID-19 Impact and Regional Analysis,” found the value of the seafood market in the two regions is projected to grow

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