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A Wealth of Life - the beauty of West Africa

Blog entry by Pavel Klinckhamers | April 27, 2017

Sailing across  the nutrient rich waters of the West African Atlantic Ocean these past two months, I have been lucky enough to see an incredible array of wildlife. Whales, dolphins and pelicans, I have met them all in this trip. And I...

"I saw the plunder of our oceans with my own eyes"

Blog entry by Ahmed Diame, oceans campaigner | April 21, 2017

Four days, four cases of illegal fishing in Sierra Leone   It was just before lunchtime on the Esperanza when a dot appeared unexpectedly on our radar. The onboard team had been discussing the four kilograms of shark fins we had...

"Fishing from the sky", empty nets, dead fish and the plight of West African fisher folks

Blog entry by Mbong Akiy Fokwa Tsafack | April 7, 2017

Travelling in Africa is bittersweet.  I always appreciate the warmth of fellow Africans, the humanity that characterises daily life and the untold stories of Ubuntu. But there is a dark side. If poverty and quality of life are measured...

My night on board a Chinese fishing vessel in West Africa

Blog entry by Bolei Liu | March 30, 2017

I am currently sailing with Greenpeace’s beautiful Esperanza on a ship tour called “ Hope in West Africa ” to protect the invaluable fishery resources of that region. As part of our investigation and research works in Mauritanian...

A day at sea: Wildlife encounters

Blog entry by Maryline Mangenot | March 9, 2017

On March 1st 2017, the Esperanza ship sailed to the Praia harbour in Cape Verde to begin its journey in West African waters. One goal: show local governments that there is a serious need for strong regional fisheries management . ...

Our oceans, our responsibility

Blog entry by Mike Fincken | February 24, 2017

For some people the oceans may seem vast - to me they are my garden and my home. For the last three decades I have spent most of my life as a sailor and a captain. So you can imagine I feel a special tie to our blue planet. The many...

Greenpeace ships: Warriors at Sea

Blog entry by Lerato Tsotetsi | February 12, 2017

1971. This was the year it all began. You’ve heard the story about how a boat load of (very brave) volunteers and journalists sailed to Alaska to stop the American government from running nuclear tests? The U.S government started...

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