West Africa has vast marine wealth but it is being depleted by the world's highest levels of illegal fishing

Coastal waters Up to half of the total catch in West African waters is caught illegally.In Liberia, over 40 industrial fishing vessels have been investigated for illegal fishing since 2011.In Sierra Leone, 252 incidences of illegal fishing by ten industrial vessels were reported over an 18-month period up to July 2012.Nine out of the ten of these vessels, filmed and photographed by the Environmental Justice Foundation, are accredited to export their catches to Europe.

The World Today Published 1 February 2014 Updated 4 March 2021 3 minute READ

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