Fishing: an offshore free-for all

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Abstract

Brightly painted wooden fishing canoes are as much a feature of West Africa’s coastline as its crashing waves, sandy beaches and palm trees. Millions of people depend on fishing for their livelihoods and for food. National economies and foreign-exchange earnings are given a boost by vibrant fisheries industries. Yet at least one fifth of the catch is lost to illegal fishing, a problem that has been assessed by the Marine Resources Assessment Group as costing up to $9bn worldwide and $1bn in Sub-Saharan Africa alone.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)26-27
Number of pages2
JournalThe Africa Report
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2008

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