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
May 26, 2022

The Spanish Fisheries Confederation (CEPESCA) has accused Senegal of violating an existing five-year fishing protocol it signed with the European Union in July 2019.

CEPESCA said the West African country has refused to issue permits to the country’s pole-and-line fleet, which has remained moored in the Senegalese port of Dakar since the beginning of 2022. The moored fleet, CEPESCA said, is continuing

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May 25, 2022

Benin is set to become the first African nation to make its fishing fleet’s movements publicly visible.

The country's government announced it has reached a deal with nonprofit Global Fishing Watch (GFW) to establish a vessel-monitoring system (VMS) to track its fleet. Under the deal, the country will share all its data with GFW for presentation on the GFW map – the first African nation to agree to full transparency,

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May 23, 2022

The Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC) has passed a resolution aiming to improve the rules and oversight procedures on transshipment of tuna in the Indian Ocean.

The resolution, the text of which was slightly amended at the request of the Indonesian and Japanese delegations, was passed at the IOTC’s 26th session and associated meetings, held in Victoria, Seychelles, from 16 to 20 May. According to the commission, it is one step forward in

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May 23, 2022

The Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC) Compliance Committee has expressed concern with low levels of compliance with the commission’s regulations at its latest meeting. 

In response, it has produced several recommendations on how to achieve targets set by IOTC Contracting Parties and Cooperating Non-Contracting Parties (CPCs).

During the 19th session of the committee in May 2022 – and attended by delegates from 25 Contracting

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May 17, 2022

State-owned flag carrier Qatar Airways transported 46,000 metric tons (MT) of Norwegian seafood on its route connecting Oslo, Norway, with Qatar's capital of Doha in 2021.

Qatar Airways Cargo had to introduce converted passenger planes to serve  the Norwegian seafood market last year, with additional flights added into Harstad-Narvik Airport in Evenes and Bodø Airport. Qatar Airways now uses seven passenger flights and six

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May 16, 2022

Kenya has released the country’s economic survey report, indicating the country saw a 7 percent increase in fish landings and 16 percent growth in the value of its seafood sector in 2021 …

Photo courtesy of the Kenya National Bureau of

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May 11, 2022

Cape Town, South Africa-based Premier Fishing and Brands announced its CEO, Rushaan Isaacs, has resigned, and Soreen Ramdenee has been appointed to take over the role effective 31 May.

In a notice to the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, the company announced that Isaacs, who has held the position of CEO since 1 February, 2020, is resigning but will “remain within the group and retain an executive position on the board.”

Ramdenee, a

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May 9, 2022

The number of fishing vessels exploiting African flags to escape effective oversight as they engage in illegal fishing continues to increase, a new report by TM-Tracking has found.

The report, published by Norwegian nonprofit TM-Tracking and a collection of experts under I.R. Consilium, found that the health of Africa’s fisheries, coupled with the limited enforcement capacity of the region's governments, make Africa an

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May 4, 2022

Bangkok, Thailand-based Thai Union plans to invest an additional EUR 10 million (USD 10.2 million) into Indian Ocean Tuna Ltd., a manufacturer and exporter of canned tuna in the Seychelles ... 

Photo courtesy of Thai

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April 27, 2022

Cape Town, South Africa-based fishing company Oceana Group has advised shareholders its earnings per share for the period ending 31 March, 2022, will dip by between 53 percent and 63 percent to between ZAR 1.051 (USD 0.067, EUR 0.062) and ZAR 1.335 (USD 0.085, EUR 0.079) …

Photo courtesy of Oceana

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