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
April 15, 2022

Kenya has cut the budget for its fishery sector projects by 27 percent for the next fiscal year, even as the government seeks to complete key projects it previously launched.

National Treasury Cabinet Secretary Ukur Yatani has allocated KES 7.8 billion (USD 67.2 million, EUR 61.7 million) for various projects promoting aquaculture, fish processing, and fisheries infrastructure, such as docks and landing areas, for the financial year starting

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Published on
April 14, 2022

South Africa’s marine fisheries and related service industries have struggled to retain gains achieved before the COVID-19 pandemic, with production volumes, earnings, and profit margins eroding in 2020, according to findings published by Stats South Africa …

Photo courtesy of Stats South

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Published on
March 31, 2022

The West African country of Guinea has been listed among four case studies showcasing positive changes in fisheries governance that resulted from the support of the European Union in the prevention, deterrence, and elimination of illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing, according to a new report by the European Union IUU Fishing Coalition.

The report, "Driving improvements in fisheries governance globally: Impact of the EU IUU carding

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Published on
March 29, 2022

Namibia has suspended the country’s laws on allocation of fishing quotas in order to address an anomaly encountered during last year’s fishing season.

Although the law bars any form of rolling over fishing quotas of any given year to next one, Namibia's cabinet resolved to have that provision suspended to pave the way for reallocation of the remaining uncaught fishing quotas from 2021 to this year’s fishing

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Published on
March 25, 2022

The Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC) has released a new list of fishing vessels flagged to India and Sri Lanka that have allegedly carried out illegal, unregulated, and unreported (IUU) fishing within its area of jurisdiction.

IOTC Executive Secretary Christopher O’Brien said the vessels may have either fished in a manner inconsistent with IOTC Conservation and Management Measures in force, or failed to comply with laws and regulations

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Published on
March 23, 2022

Mauritius is finalizing the development of a new fisheries bill to support more-effective management of country’s marine biodiversity and resources.

An island nation of 1.2 million people, Mauritius has an annual per-capita consumption of 28 kilograms of seafood per year.

Mauritius Blue Economy, Marine Resources, Fisheries, and Shipping Minister Sudheer Maudhoo said the new bill also intends to promote a sustainable ecosystem

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Published on
March 23, 2022

Kenya has agreed to begin requiring minimum safety requirements on its fishing vessels by ratifying the Cape Town Agreement (CTA) and the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Fishing Vessel Personnel (STCW-F).

The two initiatives are driven by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to improve safety at sea and combat illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing.

Kenya’s High

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Published on
March 18, 2022

Cape Town, South Africa-based fishing company and frozen-food manufacturer Irvin & Johnson Ltd (I&J), has reported a 0.8 percent increase in revenues to ZAR 1.24 billion (USD 80.6 million, EUR 74.2

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Published on
March 17, 2022

Members of the Global Roundtable on Marine Ingredients (GRMI) have issued a joint statement in response to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) published on 21 January, 2022, its report “Socio-economic and biological impacts of the fish-based feed industry for sub-Saharan Africa.

The report found the recent expansion of Chinese and European fishmeal processing operations in West Africa poses a risk to regional food

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Published on
March 11, 2022

Cape Town, South Africa-based Oceana Group has finally published its provisional consolidated results for the year ending 30 September, 2021, with its board of directors describing the trading period as a “difficult year.”

Oceana delayed publication of its results after a whistleblower raised concerns regarding accounting procedures for Daybrook Fisheries Incorporated, the company’s U.S. subsidiary. The company also

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