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Greenpeace warns West Africa: No more fish by 2030

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Friday, 01 July 2011

Greenpeace warns West Africa: No more fish by 2030

In the framework of a presentation of its activities in West Africa, Greenpeace organized a public event at the House of Culture Douta Seck on 29 June 2011. At the meeting, several fisheries specialists predicted that the West African fishing grounds will be depleted by 2030. The European Union is said to be the main threat to fishing grounds and animal diversity in the region. “Until 2030 there will not be any fish left in Africa,” says Dip Thioune, spokesperson for the small fishermen who made the authorities aware of the threats and consequences of overfishing in the most popular African fishing waters. Every year, giant fish trawlers and massive industrial boats rid the West African waters of its sea life. This organized plunder, he says, while feeding European customers “brings along the gradual extinction of some species like the Thiof”. To counter the threat and help African states understand the danger that these trawlers represent, Greenpeace Europe and Greenpeace Africa have joined forces in a project called African voices. Better even, six African fishermen have been chosen to meet ministers, Members of the European Parliament and civil society.

Source: AllAfrica/Sud Quotidien