Illegal fishing ‘taking away food security’ in Western Africa


The EU is wrongly allowing foreign ships from China and Europe to fish off the coast of West Africa, campaign group Oceana.

It comes as several countries in West Africa attempt to put an end to foreign ships shipping illegally in their water
“Western African coastal states are very vulnerable to illegal fishing, which accounts for an estimated 40% of all fish that’s caught in the region”, Beth Lowell, a senior director at Oceana, said.

“Fish makes up the majority of a population’s daily animal protein intake in the Gambia, so large fishing vessels are taking away the food security that these countries need to provide protein and nutrients for their own people”.