Africa’s fisheries’ paradise at a crossroads

Investigating Chinese Companies' Illegal Fishing Practices in West Africa

Publication - May 20, 2015
Overfishing has already depleted fish stocks in China, and now we’ve revealed how Chinese owned and flagged fishing vessels are taking advantage of weak regulations to fish illegally - and at the expense of local artisanal fishers. If China wants to be a genuine friend of Africa, it should rein in companies that are damaging its reputation and evading local laws. And at the same time West African governments urgently need to strengthen governance and close loopholes that allow destructive fishing to take place.

This report is the result of a two year investigation by Greenpeace East Asia and Greenpeace Africa into at least 74 fishing vessels owned and operated by four Chinese Distant Water Fishing (DWF) companies, exposed for fishing illegally in prohibited fishing grounds in West Africa and falsifying their gross tonnage.