Slideshow - Sierra Leone: Illegal fishing hits fish stocks, livelihoods

  • Illegal fishing is a major problem in Sierra Leone...

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  • ...where it has led to a steady decline in domestic catches...

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  • ...and an annual $30m loss to government revenue

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  • Up to 230,000 people are directly involved in fishing in Sierra Leone

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  • Boats are having to go further out to sea to catch enough to make ends meet

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  • Fishermen say crews of foreign trawlers harass them at sea and destroy their nets

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  • But the local practice of draw-chain fishing also depletes stocks, activists say

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  • Although they are illegal, draw-chains are common on beaches near Freetown

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  • The fishing industry is central to villages like Tokeh, providing work for many

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  • But many now find sand mining a more lucrative pursuit

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  • Recent state and NGO interventions have raised hopes of improving regulation.

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Sierra Leone: Illegal fishing hits fish stocks, livelihoods

DECEMBER 2012 - Fishing communities in Sierra Leone have been hit hard by illegal and unregulated fishing off the West African coast. Unsustainable local fishing practices and the activities of foreign trawlers engaged in so-called “pirate fishing” have led to a significant decline in fish stocks in Sierra Leone, environmental groups and local officials say.
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