06 Oct '11, 12pm

Greenpeace Africa's great new report on the threats to African fishing communities

We've been investigating overfishing in West African waters for a long time and our new report, ‘Empty Nets, Empty Future’ shows, in a stark light, how the local fishing industry in West Africa is under threat. The report focuses on how millions of Senegalese people depend on the fish caught off shore for their basic protein needs, but because the West Africans’ waters are becoming increasingly overfished by European trawlers, many unique species are now threatened with extinction. With this comes a threat to the whole West African way of life. Overfishing These coastal fisheries have become a destination of choice for European and Asian fleets. Since their own fisheries have become too overfished ( 88% of the commercially used fish stocks in EU waters are overfished ), they have simply headed to Africa, where they fail to put any protective measures in place to save the d...

Full article: http://www.greenpeace.org.uk/blog/oceans/empty-nets-empty...

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