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
September 23, 2020

The Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC) has published its 2019 nominal catch data, indicating that multiple species of tuna are being overfished.

The IOTC data indicates that 16 percent more Indian Ocean skipjack was caught than provided by the commission’s harvest control rule. At the same time, the data shows the Indian Ocean yellowfin, that is already overfished, exceeded 100,000 metric tons (MT) on top of the quantity

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Published on
September 9, 2020

Cape Town, South Africa-based seafood company Sea Harvest Group has reported a mixed set of results for the first half of 2020, recording a drastic decline in its aquaculture performance and gains from its South African fishing operations …

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Published on
September 3, 2020

Seychelles President Danny Faure has appointed Nichol John Elizabeth the new chief executive officer of the Seychelles Fishing Authority after receiving recommendations from the authority’s board of directors.

The new CEO, an executive with Indian Ocean Tuna Ltd. – which is majority owned by MW Brands Seychelles – succeeds Ronny Renaud, who in 2019 became the second chief executive to resign from the position, after his

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August 26, 2020

The European Commission has announced a new proposal aimed at fixing fishing opportunities in the Mediterranean Sea and Black Sea for 2021 for selected fish stocks and groups of fish stocks.

The proposal, drafted by the Council of the European Union, is in an endeavor to effectively manage sustainable fishing activities among European Union members involved in fishing in the two areas, and also North African countries such as Morocco, Algeria,

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Published on
August 17, 2020

South Africa’s seafood industry players have expressed concern on the likely negative impact on fisheries by oil and gas exploration activities along the country’s south coast region by French oil giant Total SA.

The oil and gas exploration project in Block 11B/12B is likely to impact fisheries in the surrounding area, with a northern boundary extending 130 kilometers offshore of the Mossel Bay and 45 kilometers of Cape St Francis,

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Published on
August 12, 2020

The Liberian government has finally responded to the country’s seafood stakeholders on the contentious issue of the registration of six Chinese super trawlers that had traveled to the country from Mozambique using transit documents that expired on June 26.

The Director General of the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority (NaFAA) Emma Metieh Glassco has broken her silence on the contentious issue as mounting pressure from

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Published on
August 11, 2020

The United Arab Emirates, a net seafood importer, is expected to expand its aquaculture market by 4.7 percent over the next five years – driven largely by a growing population, increased economic growth, and demand for healthy fish and fish products ... 

Photo courtesy of the United Arab Emirates Ministry of Climate Change and

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Published on
August 6, 2020

South Africa is fast-tracking the allocation of fishing rights to small-scale fishers in a bid to attract additional investment in a sector that has been characterized by low production, inadequate investment, and socio-economic marginalization.

Department of Environment, Forestry, and Fisheries Minister Barbara Creecy said in a speech overviewing the department’s budget that completion of the 15-year fishing rights allocation

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Published on
August 6, 2020

An innovative new solution in the production of fish feed is taking shape in Kenya as Africa-focused company InsectiPro pioneers the use of insect larvae as a protein source for high-quality aquafeeds …

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Published on
July 27, 2020

South Africa-based global fishing company Oceana Group has announced the appointment of Hajra Karrim as the new company chief financial officer and executive director, effective from 1 November, 2020.

Karrim will take over for Trevor Giles, who has been acting in that position since 11 February, 2020, when the former CFO Elton Bosch resigned for what the company said was his desire to “pursue other business interests.”

Karrim, a

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