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A new era is opening!

Blog entry by Ahmed Diame | March 19, 2018

Like a wildfire, the decision by the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) to sanction vessels involved in illegal fishing activities in Africa has spread throughout the region. From Nouadhibou (in Mauritania) to Tumbu (in Sierra...

Illegal fishing - game over for repeat offenders

Blog entry by Pavel Klinckhamers | March 14, 2018

Greenpeace campaigner, Pavel Klinckhamers, looks out for fishing boats with binoculars from the Esperanza's monkey island. Sometimes, results of our work are not immediately visible, and lots of behind the scenes work and...

"Fishing from the sky", empty nets, dead fish and the plight of West African fisher folks

Blog entry by Mbong Akiy Fokwa Tsafack | April 7, 2017

Travelling in Africa is bittersweet.  I always appreciate the warmth of fellow Africans, the humanity that characterises daily life and the untold stories of Ubuntu. But there is a dark side. If poverty and quality of life are measured...

My night on board a Chinese fishing vessel in West Africa

Blog entry by Bolei Liu | March 30, 2017

I am currently sailing with Greenpeace’s beautiful Esperanza on a ship tour called “ Hope in West Africa ” to protect the invaluable fishery resources of that region. As part of our investigation and research works in Mauritanian...

New trade protections for sharks - but are they enough?

Blog entry by Willie Mackenzie | November 18, 2016

All rights reserved . Credit: BBC, Carlos Aguilera Hoo-RAY! A Mobular ray leaps from the ocean after hearing about the new CITES protection for sharks. Like it or not, around the world many species of...

Greenpeace leaves the CECAF meeting with mixed feelings

Blog entry by Marie Suzanne Traoré | May 31, 2016

After four years without any annual meetings, the CECAF (Fishery Committee for the Eastern Central Atlantic) got together. Millions of people depend on fish resources in the region and the common wealth that lies in our ocean...

For the future of fisheries in West-Africa

Blog entry by Prudence Wanko | May 7, 2015

By Prudence Wanko In order to see fisheries reborn, West African States must take up their responsibility to eradicate all forms of illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, including a practice which is slowly killing a...

“Monster Boats” Are No Storybook Villains

Blog entry by Prudence Wanko | November 20, 2014

Overfishing is no fairy tale; it’s a sad, harsh reality of life in the ocean today. Already, 90% of fish stocks are either fully or overexploited and that wave of lifeless oceans is already spreading to West African waters. Once...

World oceans: The era of challenges

Blog entry by Bakary Coulibaly | April 4, 2014

We’re at the fishing port of Mbour, 80 km from Dakar, one of the largest ports in Senegal. After spending 8 hours at sea defying waves and bad weather with low morale, Ndiaga Diop, a local fisherman, returns home with an almost empty...

Why I support Senegalese fishermen who say “No” to an EU fisheries agreement

Blog entry by Ahmed Diamé | March 12, 2014

It wasn’t just a shout that reverberated across my country Senegal: it was so much more. It was a cry that erupted from artisanal fishermen, a chorus of "no" to the proposed fisheries agreement between the European Union and Senegal.

Repeat offender – the Russian factory trawler seized by Senegal

Blog entry by Greenpeace UK | January 15, 2014

Have you heard the one about Greenpeace controlling the French Navy? No, me neither. But you might be forgiven for being confused by  some recent reports  about the Russian trawler seized in West Africa. Pirate fishing is a big...

Arrest of the Oleg Naydenov shows flag States need to better control their fleets

Blog entry by Daniel Simons | January 9, 2014

In the summer of 2012, small-scale Senegalese fishermen   reported a rapid and significant increase   in their catches. They attributed their rising fortunes to newly elected President Macky Sall's decision to revoke the licences of...

Oleg yet again!

Blog entry by Prudence Wanko | January 8, 2014

The Russian trawler Oleg Naydenov has once again been the main player in the saga "IUU fishing off the Senegalese coasts." In late December, it was caught engaged in suspected looting in southern Senegal by the National Navy. Oleg...

Let’s start talking about tuna

Blog entry by Diane Mc Alpine | July 29, 2013

Because I work for Greenpeace, my friends often ask me questions about climate change, recycling, overfishing, and the myriad other problems facing our planet. I’m always happy to answer anything I can, because I firmly believe that a...

We are all "Thiof" defenders

Blog entry by Philippe Ahodékon, Greenpeace Africa Volunteer | April 4, 2013

Greenpeace's call for the preservation of the Senegalese "thiof" and the termination of its marketing by supermarkets, including the Casino Group, was a resounding success at the 14th International Fair of Agriculture and Animal...

The decision that Senegal, and Africa needs

Blog entry by Ahmed Diame | March 28, 2013

A message to Macky Sall, Senegalese President: Your Excellency: Greenpeace wishes to congratulate you for your decision to ban monster boats from accessing our precious Senegalese waters. Indeed, this is not only a courageous...

Overfishing has no place in any of our oceans

Blog entry by Ahmed Diame | March 15, 2013

Today, fishing communities in the Netherlands and West Africa had their eyes set on Australia and the Abel Tasman “monster boat” – a ship more than twice the size of any fishing vessel to have ever fished in Australian waters. ...

Casino Supermarkets: Profiting from Plunder

Blog entry by Mike Baillie | February 22, 2013

Senegal’s most iconic fish species, the thiof, is severely threatened due to overfishing. Despite this, one of the country’s largest supermarket chains, is continuing to sell the fish, driving the species to the point of complete...

Going Gangnam, Greenpeace Style

Blog entry by Mike Baillie | December 19, 2012

As Gangnam fever has swept the globe, not even the Rainbow Warrior was able to escape the madness. So while sailing out in the Indian Ocean, working to document and expose unsustainable and illegal fishing practices, the crew decided...

Who will join the fight against pirate fishing?

Blog entry by Andrea Rid | October 25, 2012

Heavy clouds were in the sky and the water rippled under the wind as the Rainbow Warrior entered on Wednesday the Chagos marine reserve, established by the UK government in 2010.  This area is a no-take marine reserve, one of the...

Illegal Fishing Vessels Found in Chagos Marine Reserve

Feature story | October 25, 2012 at 11:12

Greenpeace has found two illegal Sri Lankan fishing boats inside the Chagos marine reserve and has called on the UK government to enforce protection of this Indian Ocean reserve from pirate fishing.

It's time for Mauritius to take ownership of its waters

Blog entry by Simon Clydesdale | October 16, 2012

The Greenpeace flagship Rainbow Warrior has spent the past few days hosting all the key players in one of the Indian Ocean’s prime tuna hubs – Port Louis in Mauritius. This is a welcome turnaround. Just a few days ago it didn’t...

Listening to and empowering Indian Ocean fishing communities

Blog entry by Sari Tolvanen, Greenpeace International | October 12, 2012

After almost three weeks at sea in the southern region of the Indian Ocean , the second leg of our Indian Ocean expedition is wrapping up. We’ve travelled 2400 nautical miles on the Rainbow...

Rainbow Warrior in Key Tuna Hub, Mauritius

Feature story | October 12, 2012 at 13:05

Greenpeace will hold talks with the Mauritian government and key stakeholders about sustainable tuna fisheries this weekend following the arrival of the Rainbow Warrior in Port Louis today.

Never again in our oceans!

Blog entry by Bakary Coulibaly | October 11, 2012

If there was ever a scandal that needed definitive action to be taken against those responsible for it, it is the issue of fishing permits in Senegal between March 2010 and April 2012. The effects of large factory trawlers that were...

Life Loves Living

Blog entry by Mike Baillie | October 3, 2012

You’ll see it best on the darkest nights. When the moon is empty and clouds cover the stars – that’s when the ocean and algae collude. Like the Arctic’s Northern Lights, this is one of those natural phenomena that leave you giddy,...

Something to be Saved

Blog entry by Mike Baillie | October 2, 2012

We’re about 200km off the coast of South Africa, sailing in the high seas of the Indian Ocean. During the night we caught up to a Spanish longliner, one of the many foreign vessels fishing in the region, others coming from places like...

Senegal's Catch of a Lifetime

Feature story | August 23, 2012 at 11:46

A heart-warming David and Goliath-type story from our oceans campaign in West Africa (with a happy ending).

Senegalese Fishermen Smile Again

Blog entry by Bakary Coulibaly | August 20, 2012

The cancellation, in May, of 29 fishing authorizations granted to foreign vessels by the Senegalese government is beginning to have beneficial effects for Senegalese people already. Less than two months after the departure of the...

Victory in Senegal!

Blog entry by Ahmed Diame | May 7, 2012

After the removal of AFP (Association of Pelagic Freezer Ships) boats from Mauritanian waters about a week ago, it was the Senegalese government’s turn to cancel all fishing authorizations allocated to pelagic trawlers operating in its...

Senegal cancels fishing licenses for 29 foreign trawlers: our congratulations to the...

Feature story | May 4, 2012 at 12:50

An open letter of congratulations to the Senegalese Minister of Fisheries and Maritime Affairs, from Greenpeace Africa.

Foreign vessels sucking the life from Africa’s fisheries

Feature story | April 10, 2012 at 11:50

As West African leaders becoming increasingly outspoken about overfishing, we are continuing our protest against European factory trawlers that are emptying seas and putting the future of local coastal communities at risk.

Senegal’s new president says No! to the plunder of Africa’s waters

Blog entry by Monica Davies | April 4, 2012

You’ve no doubt seen our campaign for fairer fishing in West Africa. You’ve hopefully watched the videos showing the impact overfishing is having on human lives in Senegal, and how foreign fishing fleets are to blame. You’ve...

Greenpeace protests against EU subsidised plunder of West African Waters

Feature story | March 2, 2012 at 16:53

Today, activists from the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise protested against European overfishing in Mauritanian waters. The activists attached symbolic giant Euro bank notes and a banner saying “Stop EU Subsidised Plunder” on the hull of the...

Stop Fishing Away Africa's Future

Blog entry by Raoul Monsembula, onboard the Arctic Sunrise | March 1, 2012

On the bridge of the Arctic Sunrise, it is not hard to see what the problem in West African waters is. On the radar, within a range of 20 nautical miles, I see the little blips of nine super trawlers. They are fishing the West...

“No” to the selling of Africa’s future

Blog entry by Prudence Wanko | February 23, 2012

As Senegalese presidential hopefuls battle it out ahead of the upcoming elections, Greenpeace and community fishermen are calling on them to make African fisheries – and the many livelihoods that depend on them – a priority. ...

Greenpeace and Senegalese fishermen unite to tackle overfishing

Feature story | February 16, 2012 at 9:00

One of our ships, the Arctic Sunrise, has just arrived in Dakar. It was welcomed by more than fifty local fishermen, eager to tackle the problem of overfishing in their waters.

Too many boats catching too few fish

Blog entry by Farah Obaidullah | February 1, 2012

It is no secret that Europe’s seas, once teeming with life, are now unable to provide fish for all its citizens. EU governments and the fishing industry have known for decades that they catch more than their seas can provide, so much...

6000 Senegalese Fishermen tell their Government, "Make Fishing a Priority Now!"

Feature story | January 24, 2012 at 10:18

We asked Senegalese fishermen what they want their government to do for the local fishing industry. Instead of one answer, we received a shout, a cry, a unanimous chorus – “Make sustainable fishing a priority!”

The Tuna Industry's Wasteful Practices Revealed in Shocking New Video

Blog entry by Monica Davies | November 17, 2011

Greenpeace has again shed light on the careless and wasteful fishing practices that are rife throughout our oceans with the release of shocking new video footage, captured by a tuna industry whistleblower. The video footage that...

Empty Nets, Empty Future

Feature story | September 28, 2011 at 13:34

Our new report shows how overfishing and climate change are taking their toll on West African seas.

West African Fisheries Decline Steeply as Government Fails to Act

Blog entry by Monica Davies | September 22, 2011

The traditional Senegalese delicacy leads the way in the decline of West African fish population while local government gives fisheries no respite. The Senegalese Maritime Economy Ministry has failed to save its country’s...

African Voices Tour Diary, part 1

Blog entry by Oumy Sene | April 11, 2011

What is the African Voices Tour? As European waters have become increasingly overfished, massive European fishing vessels have moved into West African waters to continue their fishing for European markets. For local fishermen in...

From Taiwan to tinned tuna: The many steps to saving our oceans

Blog entry by Steve Smith | January 26, 2011

When you hear about Greenpeace taking action against shady fishing vessels, you may not think that fishing in Taiwan really impacts you. Well, it’s not true. Our planet is covered in ocean- 70% of the Earth is covered in water.

Greenpeace Stops Scandal-Ridden Tuna Carrier Ship

Feature story | January 24, 2011 at 10:50

Activists from the Greenpeace flagship the Rainbow Warrior have prevented the departure of fish carrier MV Lung Yuin, demanding that Taiwan's Fisheries Agency (FA) properly investigate and as appropriate, prosecute the ship’s owners, who are in...

Oceans Advocates

Feature story | October 28, 2010 at 15:34

West African nations, like Mauritania and Senegal, have some of the richest fishing grounds in the world. However these reserves are being rapidly depleted by unsustainable fishing practices, often by foreign fishing fleets.

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