The Atlantic Ocean and its adjoining West African waters are among the most fertile in the world. Due to upwelling, nutrient rich waters are brought to the surface resulting in a strong foundation for beautiful and plentiful marine life.
A wide range of commercially popular fish species and seafood that feed people all over West Africa or find their way to dinner tables in China and Europe.
However, due to decades of overfishing, illegal fishing and lack of fisheries management in this region, the situation is now getting out of control. What is at stake is food security for millions of people in West Africa as well as the future of an environmental hotspot.