Fishrot Scandal: Multinational Cooperation’s Exploit of Namibia’s Fishing Industry

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Saturday, May 8, 2021
Marwah Adhoob

In 2019, Johannes Stefannson, a former employee of Samherji, an Icelandic fishing company, realized that his employer was exploiting and bribing Namibian officials for fishing rights. Stefannson terminated his employment with Samherji and released documents to Wikileaks. Leaked documents set out a series of events that led to Samherji’s prosecution in Namibia.[1] Two years later, in April 2021, three Samherji employees face extradition to Namibia to stand trial. The Namibian officials who allegedly partook in the scandal are expected to appear in court with the Samherji employees.[2] While the Fishrot trial is far from over, it demonstrates much-needed reform to not only Namibia’s fishing industry but its anti-corruption policy.

[1] James Kleinfeild, Anatomy of a Bribe: A deep dive into an underworld of corruption, Aljazeera, Dec.1, 2019,

[2] Ronald Routh, Fishrot: Icelanders face extradition, NewEraLive, Apr. 23, 2021,