Senegal government refutes Greenpeace’s claim of illegal foreign commercial fishing

Here’s the email i received this morning – full quote below – please make your voices heard to support local fisheries. – QUOTE->

The Greenpeace report, Seasick: as COVID-19 locks down West Africa, its waters remain open to plunder, released on 9 October 2020 has caused a bit of a stir. 

Before the report was released, Greenpeace Africa reached out to Senegal’s Ministry of Fisheries and Maritime Economics twice this year. We requested that the Ministry publishes the list of vessels licensed to fish in all Sub Regional Fishery Commission (SRFC) countries. Our demand for transparency was met with silence. 

Nevertheless, in response to the Greenpeace Seasick report (and the widespread coverage it got in national and international media), Senegal’s Ministry of Fisheries and Maritime Economics issued a press release on 12 October 2020 rejecting the key findings in the report. The Ministry claims to have always provided clarifications on foreign vessels’ fishing practices whenever necessary. 

That is not true. Instead of working for Senegalese people and the ocean, Minister Ndoye has been working to find loopholes in the legal system to grant more licences to vessels to plunder already overexploited Senegalese waters. 

Senegal’s government must recognise the hard effects that its actions have had on local female fish processors, artisanal fishermen, and local communities. It must act responsibly to protect its ocean, including one of the world’s largest fish stocks.

Stand in solidarity with West African Fishers

Featured image source: Greenpeace

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