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
February 21, 2022

Morocco Prime Minister Aziz Akhannouch said the country hass committed to expanding the country's marine protected areas and doubling the resources the country currently expends annually in its fight against illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing.

Akhannouch told the One Ocean Summit 2022 participants in Brest, France, that efforts by North Africa country’s national leadership to ensure sustainable fishery management has enable

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Published on
February 18, 2022

Cape Town, South Africa-based seafood firm Oceana Group has appointed Neville Donovan Brink, a fishing industry veteran of 30 years, as its CEO to replace Imraan Soomra, who resigned on 14 February, 2022.

And on Monday, 7 February, Oceana suspended its CFO, Hajra Karrim, on a “precautionary basis pending a further process."

The sudden leadership changes at Oceana Group comes after repeated warnings

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February 15, 2022

Oman-based seafood processor and dealer in frozen and coated fish Oman Fisheries Company (OFC) announced it has firmed plans to double its current fish processing output capacity by the end of 2022, according to Oman Fisheries Company CEO Suleiman Al-Ghannam …

Photo courtesy of Oman Fisheries

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February 10, 2022

The ban on tilapia imports in Ghana will be sustained until the West African country achieves adequate production levels to meet domestic demand, according to Ghana Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister Mavis Hawa Koomson.

The minister, speaking in early February during the official launch of the Volta Catch depot, operated by Tropo Farms in the town of Kasoa, said her ministry will work closely with the country’s law-enforcement

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February 4, 2022

Cape Town, South Africa-based fishing company Oceana Group has completed a probe into issues pertaining to its U.S. subsidiary, but was unable to release the company’s results on 31 January 2022 as previously promised …

Photo courtesy of Oceana

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Published on
January 31, 2022

A campaign to develop, publicize, and enforce guidelines setting standards for the responsible management of transferring catch between vessels at sea is gaining momentum.

The Food and Agriculture Organization is leading an effort to close loopholes allowing for transshipment of catch on the high seas, a practice the United Nations organization said encourages illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing.

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January 25, 2022

Despite the People’s Republic of China maintaining that mainland China and Taiwan are parts of “One China” whose sovereignty cannot be divided, the world's second-largest economy appears reluctant to entertain such perceptions when it comes to the management of fisheries for both entities.

The country’s delegation to the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC) has disagreed with the commission’s 10,557 metric ton (MT)

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January 17, 2022

Cape Town, South Africa-based frozen fish supplier Sea Harvest Group has signed a business purchase agreement to acquire Western Australia-based MG Kailis Holdings Proprietary Limited and its subsidiaries at a cost of AUD 70 million (USD 51 million, EUR 44.6 million) – excluding transaction costs.

The acquisition will be made through its wholly-owned Australian subsidiaries Sea Harvest Pty and Sea Harvest Marine Pty.

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Published on
January 14, 2022

The African island nation of São Tomé and Príncipe has announced a new resolution to join the Fisheries Transparency Initiative (FiTI).

The country – whose population relies on fish as a primary source of protein – is now the sixth nation committed to increase transparency in its fisheries management through the FiTI standard, following Mauritania, Seychelles, Senegal, Cabo Verde, and Madagascar, according

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January 11, 2022

The Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC) has, on the recommendation of its scentific committee, set the catch limit for yellowfin tuna at 287,140 metric tons (MT) in 2022.

IOTC Executive Secretary Christopher O’Brien said in early January that 24 of the commission’s members have been allocated varying catch limits in line with committee recommendations, with the European Union, Maldives, Seychelles, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, and Yemen

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