China joins the foreign fleets quietly exploiting Madagascar’s waters

Date: August 16, 2021

Source: Mongabay

For decades, fleets of industrial vessels from several nations have fished in Madagascar’s waters. Now China appears to have joined the fishing spree, sending at least 14 industrial longliner fishing vessels in the last several years, new evidence shows.

Clues from official documents indicate that Madagascar’s government may have authorized these vessels to fish, at least since 2019. If so, the authorization process was not public, raising renewed concerns about the lack of transparency in Madagascar’s offshore fishing sector.


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