27 Feb '12, 8am

EU trawlers caught plundering West African seas

EU trawlers caught plundering West African seas

Our ship, the Arctic Sunrise is currently in Mauritanian waters, to highlight the problems of overfishing emptying African seas. Vast factory-style fishing boats are trawling out fish at an alarming rate and decimating local ecosystems and livelihoods in the process. The campaign team at sea have already encountered a number of these super trawlers, in the seas off Senegal last week. Boats from as far away as Russia and China fish these waters, but scandalously the EU is also exporting its own overfishing to West Africa. We’ve also pulled together a new report (read in full at the bottom of this blog) on what is happening in the waters off West Africa, and why reform of Europe’s fishing laws has to tackle this element of Europe’s fishing footprint too. Some of the biggest, most ominous, offenders are the mega trawlers of the Pelagic Freezer Association (PFA), which include...

Full article: http://www.greenpeace.org.uk/blog/oceans/Greenpeacewitnes...

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