05 May '11, 4pm

For our African Voices tour West African fishermen will share how EU fleets are destroying their oceans & livelihoods:

The disastrous effects of overfishing by European fleets aren’t confined to European waters: destructive EU vessels are now exploiting the waters of the world’s poorest nations - threatening ecosystems, depriving local fishermen their livelihoods and the food security of their communities. So Greenpeace have brought them and their stories to Europe. What’s happening in Africa? Local artisan fishermen in West Africa now find themselves competing against the largest of European trawlers. In one day, these behemoth vessels can capture the same amount of fish as thirty or forty traditional pirogue boats would catch in one year. These foreign fishing fleets then take this giant catch to ports far from Africa, making millions of dollars, while Africa's coastal communities struggle and grow poorer. Fish stocks in West Africa are declining drastically . And local fishermen are fin...

Full article: http://www.greenpeace.org.uk/blog/oceans/introducing-afri...

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