Greenpeace warns on foreign vessel illegal fishing in West Africa
Crew member on deck of a Senegalese/Spanish fishing boat. (Copyright: Pierre Gleizes/Greenpeace)
Greenpeace’s monitoring fishing ship tour in West African water, together with local authorities, ended with 11 arrests of vessels fishing illegally as well as the detection of 13 fishing regulation breaches.
The NGO’s two month tour called ‘Hope in West Africa,’ included fisheries monitoring, civil society and political engagement in a total of six countries in the region.
These infractions included shark finning, incorrect net mesh sizes, transshipment at sea, lack of documentation and fishing outside of permits, which were committed by fishing vessels with Chinese, Italian, Korean, Comoros and Senegalese flags.
“After two months at sea documenting and inspecting industrial fishing vessels in the waters of West Africa, it is clear that illegal fishing is worryingly common. We also found an eagerness among local fishermen, ...
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