Rainbow Warrior Indian Ocean Fisheries Tour

Hook, (Long) Line, and Tuna 

The Rainbow Warrior is now sailing in the high seas of the Indian Ocean, having completed a two-week cooperation with government officials in Mozambican waters [link to feature story]. We’ve moved south into an area of higher fishing activity; warmer waters in the Mozambican channel have pushed Albacore tuna further south and fishing vessels have followed.

These photos were taken of a Spanish longliner, the Herdusa No1 Vigo, shortly after entering the high seas. The boat was targeting swordfish, tuna species (big eye and yellowfin), and sharks. By-catch is frequent in the case of longline fishing, and one of the unfortunate sights on this occasion was a Mobula ray caught flapping on the line.

Read more about this inspection here.

Although Greenpeace has a long history of working to end overfishing globally, this is its first time in the Indian Ocean. We’re here to document and expose overfishing and illegal fishing in the region, and to support coastal countries with the enforcement of their fishing zones. At the same time it’s about listening to local people and learning from their experiences, empowering them to defend their oceans.

The Greenpeace's ship, Rainbow Warrior, is on an expedition in the Indian Ocean to expose overfishing and to highlight the problems associated with excessive tuna fishing, unsustainable or illegal fishing practices, the lack of law enforcement, and the need for countries to cooperate and ensure that communities benefit from the wealth of their oceans in future. Poor management has left many stocks over exploited including albacore tuna and many sharks. The Rainbow Warrior is sailing in Mozambican waters with fisheries enforcement officials on board in order to carry out joint surveillance and expose cases of illegal fishing.