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
November 19, 2020

The Seychelles has completed a review of its fisheries policy that could soon enable foreign investors to partner with local seafood entrepreneurs as the government focuses on achieving full, sustainable exploitation of its marine fisheries.

According to the Seychelles Fishing Authority (SFA) Principal Aquaculture Officer Aubrey Lesperance, the island-nation's government “has relaxed the regulation with regards to joint ventures when

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Published on
November 17, 2020

Global nonprofit marine conservation organization Sea Shepherd, in partnership Benin Navy sailors, have arrested an industrial fishing trawler in the port of Cotonou and accused it of fishing illegally. 

The arrest of vessel the Fada 18 was preceded by several nights of documentation by the Sea Shepherd crew – aboard the organization’s vessel Bob Barker – of the vessel fishing illegally inside a special management

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Published on
November 3, 2020

South Africa and Namibia could soon grow their share of the global seafood market as the two countries’ hake trawl fisheries are expecting to receive certification from the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC).

A determination has been made to push to get Namibia’s hake fishery MSC-certified, and a similar process for the South Africa hake trawl fishery is underway, but has been slightly delayed. Both countries are banking on the global

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Published on
November 2, 2020

The developer of a Sandpiper Marine Phosphate project in Namibia has assured the country’s fishing associations the company has taken all the necessary precautions to safeguard the country’s fishing industry from any adverse impacts during the project’s lifespan …

Photo courtesy of Namibian Marine

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October 30, 2020

Despite Mali suffering through coups, separatist insurrection, and terrorist threats in the past several years, the nation's economy has been on a growth trajectory. Recently, several international organizations have moved to leverage this growth to develop and expand the country’s aquaculture sector to enhance food security and raise incomes.

For the last 20 years, a number of fish production initiatives, supported by

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Published on
October 28, 2020

Lack of appropriate technology has been identified as one of the major challenges constraining the expansion and realization of Africa’s aquaculture potential, a trend that Sub-Saharan Africa’s largest fully-integrated aquaculture company Yalelo Limited is now determined to reverse in at least two markets on the continent.

The company – owned by FirstWave Group and a leading aquaculture firm comprised of Yalelo Zambia and

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Published on
October 27, 2020

Cape Town, South Africa-based seafood company Oceana has projected an increase in its base earnings per share and headline earnings per share for the year ending 30 September, 2020, according to unaudited results set to be released later this year.

A circular that the company sent to the Johannesburg Stock Exchange – in fulfilment of the requirement for publication of a trading statement “whenever there is a reasonable degree of

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October 23, 2020

Global nonprofit marine conservation organization Sea Shepherd is pleading the Yemeni government to detain, investigate, and prosecute a vessel suspected to be involved in toothfish poaching in the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) convention area. 

Sea Shepherd said the suspected poacher, Cobija, “was listed as anchored in the Port of Mukalla in the Republic of Yemen through the Yemen

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Published on
October 22, 2020

The signing of the Abraham Accords in Washington D.C. between the United Arab Emirates and Israel last September has opened new investment opportunities in the Middle East’s aquaculture market, as the two parties pledge cooperation in ensuring sustainable agricultural development to achieve the region’s food security.

Among the first beneficiaries of the U.S.-brokered accord is U.A.E.’s Aqua Bridge, which has confirmed striking

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October 20, 2020

Nine county governments in Kenya have signed a memorandum of understanding with the national government to participate in a KES 14.9 billion (USD 136 million, EUR 115.8 million) Aquaculture Business Development Program (ABDP) that is partly financed by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).

"The program is going to see an increment in income over eight years and enhance food and nutrition status in poor households involved

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