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
December 26, 2019

Sub-Saharan Africa’s aquaculture production, estimated at 1.7 million metric tons (MT) of the global 76.6 million MT of production in 2015, continues to face fish feed shortages.

Those shortages have dimmed hopes of the sector’s growth in response to the region’s increasing population – now estimated at one billion people.

According to an African Union report, stumbling blocks constraining the growth of the

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Published on
December 23, 2019

Ghana has moved to control the hitherto unregulated increase in the country’s fishing canoe fleet, which has been blamed for the fast-falling small pelagic catch in the country.

Fisheries and Aquaculture Development Ministry Minister Elizabeth Afoeley-Quaye launched the first ever Canoe Authorization Card in the sub-region, as Ghana moves to address the influx of new canoes that have flourished under the country’s previous

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Published on
December 20, 2019

The European Union will review 2018 yellowfin tuna catches in the Seychelles by its members as part of an investigation into claims Spain may have overshot its quota for the year.

The review will include a comparison of figures of the total 2018 yellowfin tuna catch in the Seychelles by Spain with those of Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC) member-states’ scientific agencies before confirming or refuting the overfishing claim, according

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Published on
December 19, 2019

Four vessels were arrested in Benin earlier this month for fishing in special management areas and restricted ecological reserves.

Sea Shepherd, an international non-profit marine wildlife conservation organization, said in a statement that the four industrial trawlers Fada 10, Tian Yu 5, Tian Yu 6 and Tian Yu 8, were apprehended during a joint operation that also involved the Beninese Navy.

“The fishing vessels were busted when the

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Published on
December 17, 2019

The Food and Agriculture Organization has delivered 12 longline fishing vessels to the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources in Somalia’s northern autonomous State of Puntland.

The vessels were transferred under the European Union’s financed Coastal Communities Against Piracy (CCAP) program, designed to support the Horn of Africa country’s ongoing fisheries and aquaculture sector reforms.

The CCAP is one of several

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Published on
December 13, 2019

Plans to increase East Africa’s aquaculture production have received a major boost with the fast-tracking of a marine hatchery project that has been domiciled in the semi-autonomous Indian Ocean Island nation of Zanzibar.

The project, which is supported by the U.N.’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), is being financed by both the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and the Zanzibar government, will in the coming

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Published on
December 6, 2019

Cape Town, South Africa-based fishing company Oceana Group has reported a 4 percent growth in year-on-year earnings to ZAR 636.4 million (USD 43.4 million, EUR 39.4 million) for the 12 months ending 30 September, 2019

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Published on
December 6, 2019

Liberia is keen on grabbing a slice of the lucrative European Union fish market, and has subsequently struck a deal with Ghana’s standards body to facilitate the certification and testing of its seafood products destined for countries in the E.U.

The Liberian Ministry of Commerce and its state fishing agency, the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority (NaFAA), recently signed a memorandum of understanding on technical cooperation

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Published on
December 5, 2019

South Africa has lifted a temporary ban on an exploratory octopus fishery announced last June, at the same time it approved additional measures to avert the entanglement of whales in octopus fishing gear.

Environment, Forestry, and Fisheries Minister Barbara Creecy gave a nod to the resumption of the exploratory octopus fishery in False Bay, located in the Atlantic Ocean between Cape Peninsula and Hottentos Holland Mountains. That region is

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Published on
December 4, 2019

Ghana’s aquaculture sector is asking the country’s Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development (MFAD) to renew and enforce a ban on the importation of tilapia, and to put greater focus on tackling persistent illegal fishing activities around Volta Lake.

The Ghana Aquaculture Stakeholders (GAS) Group has submitted a petition, calling for urgent and decisive action on banning tilapia imports to address a worsening crisis in the

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