“Say no to fraudulent fishing companies”, says Greenpeace

As Korean company Dongwon is Charged with Defrauding U.S. Government

Press release - February 6, 2014
Dakar 06 February 2014 – Greenpeace has today called on African governments to intensify their oversight over Dongwon Industries after it was charged with defrauding the U.S. government. The largest fishing company in South Korea was accused of making false statements in order to obtain U.S. vessel documentation and tuna fishing licenses for two Korean-owned and operated vessels in the South Pacific.

"This new accusation against Dongwon, well known for its abuse and repeated scandals is a further signal that the company still has a long way to go(1)," said Ahmed Diamé, Greenpeace Africa Oceans campaigner.

" West African governments which cooperate with this company have to be more vigilant and ensure that it respects laws for the interest of their fisheries," added Diamé.

This is not the first time that Dongwon has been caught for similar offenses. In 2013 this company faced criminal charge in Liberia when one of its vessels, the F/V Premier, a tuna purse seiner, was caught using a fake fishing license in this country in 2011 and 2012. (2)

In Senegal, Dongwon acquired the Se-SNCDS (Société d’exploitation-Société nationale de conserverie du Sénégal) in September 2012. This later became the SCA-SA (Société des conserveries en Afrique). In addition, its vessels are operating in some West African countries. 

“ The onus is on our governments to put a firm stop to such malpractices by such greedy companies whose only purpose is to make profits sometimes to the detriment of national legislation and good practices” concluded Diamé.

Media contact:

Bakary Coulibaly, Communication Officer, Oceans campaign, Greenpeace Africa. +22177 3336265,

Note to editors:

(1)  http://www.greenpeace.org/korea/Global/korea/publications/reports/oceans/2013/The%20inconvenient%20truth%20behind%20the%20out-peformed%20Dongwon%20Industries_EN.pdf

 

(2)   http://www.greenpeace.org/africa/en/Press-Centre-Hub/Press-releases/-Dongwon-industries-face-criminal-charges-in-Liberia/