Where the world's appetite for fish matters most
Date Written: 18/10/2017
Year Published: 2017
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX21666
Illegal over-fishing by Chinese and other foreign vessels is severely affecting the economy and food securty of West African nations.
Excerpt: As well as being a vital source of food, West Africa's fertile fishing zones provide seven million Africans with jobs. Plundered unchecked for decades, its dangerously exhausted stocks face new pressures.
China is pumping $60 billion into development projects across the continent. Meanwhile its trawlers - the worlds largest fleet of distant water fishing vessels - haul around $340 million worth of reported fish out of West Africa annually. This figure could be more.
A European Parliament report suggested fish caught by Chinese vessels globally may be twelve times the actual amount China reports to the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization.