Africa

9 Mar
2020

Source: The Ecologist Meet the female fishmongers in Liberia fighting for healthy fisheries. On the landing beaches of Liberia fishing canoes crowd the shallows, the bright colour schemes and fluttering flags showing the pride the fishermen take in their work. But although the men haul the nets this is an industry underpinned by women. Fishmongers […]

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4 Mar
2020

Source: Seafood Source As campaigns against illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing continue in Africa, at least eight countries have resolved to develop a common strategy to counter the practice. The eight countries, all members of the Southern Africa Development Community – an inter-governmental organization headquartered in Gaborone, Botswana – are drawing up a plan […]

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6 Feb
2020

Source: Africa Online Monrovia – In May 2017, during the last year of former President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, the European Union (EU) issued Liberia a yellow card, identifying it as not cooperating in the fight against Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing. In recent years, the Government of Liberia (GoL) and the EU have been working behind the scenes in hopes of […]

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6 Feb
2020

Source: Hakai Magazine New research examines how illegal fishing hurts Somalia’s economy, exacerbates conflicts, and upsets political stability. In Somali waters, illegal fishing is a pervasive problem. It triggers clashes between foreign and domestic fishers, and destabilizes Somali life. For at least seven decades, foreign fishers have harvested Somalia’s fish with little or no deterrence. […]

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15 Nov
2019

Source: The Reykjavik Grapevine Some 30,000 documents published by Wikileaks as The Fishrot Files, and subsequently reported on by Stundin, RÚV’s investigative news programme Kveikur, Al-Jazeera and The Namibian, show that Samherji, Iceland’s largest fishing company, has for years been engaging in bribery of public officials to secure fishing quotas in Namibia. The proceeds from their operations, totalling some […]

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16 Oct
2019

Source: The Maritime Executive A trawler has been apprehended in Ghanaian waters having caught at least 13.9 tonnes of small pelagic fish in a single day, using illegal nets.  The small-mesh nets found on board – which are illegal for an industrial trawler – indicate that the vessel was specifically targeting small pelagics. Analysis of […]

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24 Jul
2019

Source: EU Reporter Oceana praises the progress made by Mediterranean countries during a fisheries compliance meeting of the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM), held last week in Tirana, Albania. At the conclusion of the regional gathering between 24 contracting parties, delegates agreed to adopt a stricter sanctioning process for non-compliant Mediterranean countries, and to improve […]

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15 Jul
2019

Source: EU Reporter Analysis of satellite signals in the world’s most overfished sea reveals over 28 thousand hours of apparent fishing inside protected areas throughout 2018. Oceana has unveiled potential cases of illegal, unreported and poorly regulated fishing in the waters of the Mediterranean – the world’s most overfished sea (80% of fish stocks). The findings from this analysis will […]

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18 Jun
2019

Source: The Guardian Destructive industrial fishing practices condemned as ‘corporate, organised crime’ Illegal fishing by foreign trawlers is decimating Ghana’s fish populations and costing the country’s economy tens of millions of dollars a year, according to researchers. An investigation published on Monday by the Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF) claims that “saiko” fishing, whereby trawlers target the staple […]

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