Where the world's appetite for fish matters most

Gbadamosi, Nosmot

Publisher:  Ecologist
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 world’s 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.