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
January 8, 2021

The Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC) has published a new list of yellowfin tuna catch limit allocations for 2021.

A statement by IOTC Executive Secretary Christopher O’Brien said the commission is focused on the rebuilding of the Indian Ocean yellowfin tuna stock, hence the annual allocation of catch limits for affiliated members under the organization’s Resolution 19/01.

O’Brien said the 2021 catch limits concern fishing

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Published on
December 31, 2020

Liberia’s effort to empower local fishing communities to tackle illicit fishing activities and practice sustainable exploitation of marine fisheries has received a major boost after the launch of a new four-year, USD 3 million (EUR 2.4 million) Communities for Fisheries project.

The four-year project is a partnership between the Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF) and Liberia’s state-owned National Fisheries and Aquaculture

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Published on
December 30, 2020

As the scheduled total ban on the use of large-scale drift gillnets within the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission’s (IOTC) area of mandate draws near, the organization has asked its members and cooperating entities to submit to the IOTC Secretariat a complete list of flagged vessels operating in the high seas by 31 December, 2020.

The IOTC plans to ban the use of large-scale drift gillnets by contracting parties and cooperating non-contracting

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Published on
December 29, 2020

The United Arab Emirates’ efforts to woo more private sector participation through the implementation of the country’s Aquaculture Pulse 2000 seafood blueprint is gaining momentum …

Photo courtesy of Fish Farm

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Published on
December 28, 2020

The Mozambican fishing industry’s efforts to expand its pool of skilled labor has received a major boost after a successful capacity building event in early December, paving the way for more training opportunities for new entrants, especially in the marine fishing sector.

The Professional Capacity Building Programme for the Marine Fishing Sector in Mozambique event held in early December in Mozambique, which took place as part of the

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Published on
December 15, 2020

The Seychelles Fishing Authority has announced two-thirds of its purse-seine fleet has reached the annual yellowfin tuna quota allocated by the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission ... 

Photo courtesy of Seychelles Fishing

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Published on
December 10, 2020

Sub-Saharan Africa-focused private equity fund manager Goodwell Investments has announced USD 1.5 million (EUR 1.2 million) Series A financing for Mozambique-based integrated aquaculture company Chicoa Fish Farm ... 

Photo courtesy of Chicoa Fish

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Published on
December 9, 2020

Despite formidable operational and market constraints imposed on the seafood industry by the COVID-19 pandemic, South Africa-based seafood company Oceana Group has posted an exceptional performance for the period ended 30 September, 2020 …

Photo courtesty of Oceana

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Published on
November 26, 2020

Despite the huge potential of Africa’s small-scale fisheries to boost the region’s food security, ramp up nutritional levels, alleviate poverty, and enhance environmental conservation, decision-makers across the continent have given the sector little attention – largely because of inadequate data to support its potential role in sustainable development.

John Virdin, the director of the Ocean and Coastal Policy Program at Duke

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Published on
November 23, 2020

A successful endeavor to rebuild Namibia’s hake stocks and eliminate destructive fishing practices has earned the African country’s hake trawl and longline fishery Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification last week. Members of the fishery say the eco-label will open up more global market opportunities for them, especially in Europe and North America, where demand for sustainably sourced seafood is on the rise.

The fishery

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