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Thursday, 04 February 2016

Overfishing: EU signed "agreements with the African countries for access to their resources"

A study published in Nature Communications indicates that the quantities of fish caught throughout the world are largely underestimated and could even be 30% higher than official estimates. "They give an estimate of possible fishing levels taking account only of industrial catches, whereas they should also include the by-catches and waste from industrial fishing and all the small fish around", explains Frédéric Le Manach, Scientific Director of the association BLOOM, which campaigns for the protection of marine ecosystems. Industrial fishing fleets have been observed stealing from other fisheries. "In Europe we have overfished our common waters and, given that demand for sea products is increasing, it was necessary to find a solution. The European Union has proposed to export its fishing capacity, its big boats, to other parts of the world. Fishing agreements have been made with the African countries to have access to their resources in their waters."

Source: France Info