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.


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Published on
September 28, 2023

Madagascar recently signed a sustainable fisheries partnership agreement with the E.U., becoming the latest African country to revive its fisheries agreement with the bloc in the midst of increasing concern regarding working conditions for African laborers on European fishing vessels. 

On 30 June, the island nation signed a new four-year agreement that allows E.U. vessels – mainly from Spain, Portugal, Italy, and France – to

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September 26, 2023

Sea Harvest Group achieved higher revenue in the first half of 2023.

The Cape Town, South Africa-based seafood company reported an 18 percent year over year increase in revenue for the first half of 2023. Revenues for the six months ending 30 June, 2023, totaled ZAR 3.2 billion (USD 170.1 million, EUR 159.7 million), compared to ZAR 2.7 billion (USD 143.7 million, EUR 134.9 million) earned in the same period a year prior, according to an

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September 22, 2023

The Seafood Alliance for Legality and Traceability (SALT), a global community of governmental, seafood industry, and nonprofit organizations, has announced the launch of a traceability project for an octopus fishery in Tanzania.

With support from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) the new digital intervention program, Comprehensive Electronic Catch Documentation and Traceability (eCDT), aims to improve traceability systems at the

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September 21, 2023

Africa currently accounts for a negligible share of the world’s farmed seafood production. With an estimated annual farmed seafood output of 2.3 million metric tons (MT) – or 2 percent of world production – the continent has a long way to go in reaching its potential, which some experts estimate can reach 15 million metric tons by 2050.

For over 45 years, WorldFish has led projects to improve sustainable aquaculture and

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September 19, 2023

Mauritius recently teamed up with fellow Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC) members to successfully oppose a periodic ban on drifting fish aggregating devices (dFADs) the country said threatened the East African country’s tuna-processing output.

The resolution, adopted during the Sixth Special Session of the IOTC in February, proposed a ban on dFAD use for 72 days each year between 1 July and 11 September.  THe resolution aimed to

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August 25, 2023

Nigeria is working to increase both the quality and quantity of its seafood exports, especially those destined for E.U. and U.S. markets, where sales of some of the African country’s fish products are currently restricted.

To accomplish this, Nigeria – Africa’s most-populous country, with over 220 million people – is planning to boost its domestic fish production by reviving and revamping the country’s

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August 16, 2023

The government-run Kenya Marine & Fisheries Research Institute (KMFRI) has developed a genetically improved Nile tilapia strain through a selective breeding program, touting the new breed’s faster growth rate, higher body weight, and ability to resist disease and withstand certain effects of climate change compared to previous strains.

The new Nile tilapia strain (Oreochromis niloticus), according to the institute, allows Kenya’s

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August 11, 2023

The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) has accused several French and Spanish companies that own tuna fishing vessels of violating international labor laws regarding minimum wage and ignoring the grievances of fishing industry trade unions pushing for fair pay negotiations.

ITF, a global transport industry union, claims the French and Spanish companies –which operate in West Africa’s Gulf of Guinea – are

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Published on
July 31, 2023

Political conflict between Morocco and its southern, semi-autonomous neighbor Western Sahara has jeopardized the renewal of a major fisheries agreement giving several E.U. member nations access to lucrative fishing grounds off the Moroccan coast.

The Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Agreement (FPA) between the E.U. and Morocco expired on 17 July, 2023, after originally entering into force in July 2019.

The FPA, which entailed the E.U. paying

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July 20, 2023

South African fishing company Irvin & Johnson (I&J) has, through its parent company AVI Limited, terminated its partnership with consortium group Main Street 198 and begun a similar relationship with Twincitiesworld, a move that angered Main Street enough to threaten a governmental probe for wrongful termination.

The severed partnership with Main Street, a consortium comprising fishing companies Mast Fishing and Ntshonalanga, comes just

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