Greenpeace statement on Senegalese government decision to maintain freeze on fishing authorizations

Press release - June 24, 2013
Dakar, 21 June 2013 — Greenpeace welcomes the commitment of the Government of Senegal following its decision to maintain the freeze on the pelagic fishing authorizations previously granted to foreign trawlers. This announcement was made after an interministerial council devoted to fisheries and chaired by the Prime Minister, Abdoul MBAYE.

Ahmed Diame, Oceans campaigner for Greenpeace Africa said: "The maintenance of the freeze on pelagic fishing authorizations granted to foreign trawlers is essential for the regeneration of the stocks which are still in an alarming situation" .

"Protecting the small pelagic stocks is to save the livelihoods of thousands of fishermen, fishmongers, women processors, etc... This decision raises the foundation of responsible fisheries management in Senegal, and we hope that other countries in the West African region will follow this example. Senegal must take the lead for better governance and management of fisheries in West Africa." he added.

Greenpeace urges President Macky Sall's government to maintain this decision until serious and independent scientific studies show that there is a surplus available for exploitation without endangering the resource. The West African states must take the same decisions to protect our rich marine resources.