Unmasking EU fisheries in West Africa’s troubled waters

Published Nov 24, 2023

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An investigation into the European Commission's fishery policies in West Africa has revealed the exploitation of the Cameroon flag as a "flag of convenience" by European-based companies engaged in illegal fishing practices. These companies, including Ocean Whale Fishing Company, continue to operate under the Cameroonian flag despite the European Commission's ban on fish imports from Cameroon. The investigation also uncovered the alarming decline of small pelagic fish stocks in West African waters due to unsustainable fishing practices, posing a threat to local livelihoods and regional food security.
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This story was produced in partnership with the Pulitzer Center’s Ocean Reporting Network. In this investigation, Gideon Sarpong delves into the intricacies of the European Commission’s (EC) fishery policies, focusing on the Commission’s actions, or lack thereof, in West Africa. This complex web encompasses critical issues such as flag of convenience, the targeting and export of over exploited small pelagic fish by EU registered vessels flying the flag of Cameroon and the persistent challenge of IUU (Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated) fishing practices in West Africa. BISSAU, Guinea-Bissau — Off the coast of West Africa, from Guinea Bissau to Mauritania, the sighting of the Pilot Whale vessel is a commonplace occurrence. This fishing ship, stretching 96 meters in length, is nearly as extensive as a 100-meter track. This colossal vessel diligently hauls in significant quantities of small pelagic fish, particularly sardinella, mackerel, and sardines – that form the lifeblood of ...
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