Greenpeace welcomes the commitment of the Mauritanian President for transparency in the field of marine fisheries

Press release - January 25, 2015
Dakar, January 26, 2015

Greenpeace today salutes the commitment of the Mauritanian president for transparency in the field of marine fisheries, aimed at stopping the plundering of marine resources in Africa. This follows the Nouakchott declaration during the high-level International Conference1 on "Transparency and Sustainable Development in Africa" held recently in Mauritania under the patronage of President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, Chairman of the African Union.

Greenpeace calls on other African leaders to urgently engage in the process in order to adopt concrete measures to ensure greater transparency, needed to eradicate the global scourge of illegal , unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing.

The lack of transparency primarily benefits   those engaged in IUU fishing. It is urgent that States make public, among others, the data relating to vessels authorized to fish in their waters and ensure that those who have committed offenses be fined or given appropriate penalties. 2

IUU fishing is in the process of corrupting the world's oceans and West Africa is one of the regions that pay the highest price. According to the World Bank every year, the West African sub region  loses about $ 1.3 billion, or 800 billion CFA francs, because of illegal fishing, thus causing a huge shortfall in economic, environmental and social development of  countries in the area.

As the African Union (AU)  launch for the first time in its history, the Decade of African seas and oceans, Greenpeace calls on countries in the sub-region to develop appropriate and effective methods to monitor and participate in the global effort to fight illegal, Unreported and unregulated fishing  which constitutes a serious threat to the well-being of communities, and the health of marine ecosystems.