Guinea: Illegal Fishing Off Guinea’s Coast Worst In The World

By Dialogo
October 01, 2011

Thanks for the article!

Are these number a roughly constant figure applicable to the 1990s as well?


The West African country of Guinea is being hit harder than any other nation by illegal fishing, according to one international development group.
The British Department for International Development estimated that Guinea loses in excess of 34,000 tons of fish every year to illegal fishing, including 10,000 tons of bycatch (any unwanted species caught that are thrown overboard).
To combat this illicit threat, the region counts on organizations such as the Sub-regional Fisheries Commission, which cooperates on fisheries matters in the countries of Guinea, Cape Verde, Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Mauritania, Senegal and Sierra Leone, and the International Maritime Organization, whose membership comprises 24 African states along the continent’s western coast. Additionally, maritime security agencies, non-African Navies, Interpol and various U.N. agencies are involved in work on fisheries and security.
Nations of the Southern African Development Community have endorsed a strategy to improve monitoring and surveillance. The plan includes joint patrols among South Africa, Mozambique and Namibia.
Sources: IPS News, African Renewal magazine