Greenpeace calls for solutions to Fishermen’s Plight

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Press release - February 8, 2011
The recent strike by artisanal fishermen in Senegal’s Joal – Fadiouth community in Mbour is a clear indication of serious damage caused by industrial fishing fleets operating off the West African coast. Greenpeace continues to condemn fishing operations that deplete fish stocks and fish from West African waters.

Dakar, Senegal, 08 February 2011 -- “The Fadiouth community knows well that its artisanal fishermen fall victim to the unfair, unsustainable and sometimes illegal fishing practices of foreign industrial-scale fleets that are attempting to catch fewer and fewer fish with destructive fishing gear,” said Oumy Sene, Greenpeace Africa oceans campaigner.

 “It’s time for African governments to manage our oceans for the benefit of our communities, not narrow (foreign) fishing industry interests. We need stricter access rules, better regulations on fishing practices and more marine reserves: areas of ocean set aside, off-limits to fishing, to allow fish populations to recover. If we want healthy oceans able to sustain our communities, our artisanal fishing sector and future generations, we need fishing industry reform and marine reserves now.”

In a recently published report “How Africa feeds Europe”, Greenpeace exposes the social and environmental impacts caused by foreign (European) industrial fleets operating in the waters of some the world’s poorest countries on earth.

The EU and other nations have systematically overfished their own waters, and now continue to expand their reach in West Africa fishing with some of the worlds largest and most powerful fishing vessels with a capacity to process hundreds of tons of fish per day.   

Greenpeace is an independent organisation campaigning for living oceans able to provide jobs and food for generations to come. In order to restore our oceans to health, there needs to be more sustainable and equitable fishing and the creation of a network of marine reserves covering 40% of the world’s oceans.

 

For more information contact

  1. Mbong Akiy, Communications Manager, Greenpeace Africa.
  2. Oumy Sene, Oceans Campaigner, Greenpeace Africa.