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The menace of Illegal fishing in West Africa


Tuesday, 23 August 2016

The menace of Illegal fishing in West Africa

The coast of West Africa is home to some of the most abundant fishing grounds on the planet. Historically, these rich waters teem with some of the world’s most sought after fish, such as mackerel, marlin, shrimp, sardines, barracuda and more. For thousands of years, coastal West Africans have relied on this plentiful bounty for both sustenance and livelihood. Today illegal fishing has put this ancient relationship in jeopardy and the fate of West Africa’s fishing future now lies in the balance. There are two paths ahead, and interestingly they could not be more different. One road leads to the irreversible desolation of African fisheries. The other route not only promises to reverse the harm done, but usher in a new wave of prosperity throughout the region, benefiting millions of Africans in the process. The situation has been a long time in the making. Illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing (IUU) has been a known problem in West African waters for many years. West African authorities have generally lacked the finances and resources to safeguard their maritime territories, making their prized fishing grounds easy pickings for unscrupulous foreign fishing conglomerates.

Source: groundreport.com