The Acts of the Democracies




European Fishing Near Africa

According to a United Nations report, high technology fishing boats from the European Union, Japan and other countries are destroying fish stocks off the coast of West Africa. This causes depletion of fish stocks and loss of employment to local economies.

In Mauritania the number of people employed in octopus fishing has dropped from 5,000 in 1996 to 1,800 in 2002. The Irish fishing vessel, Atlantic Dawn, processes 7000 tons of fish in a single voyage: this is more than a single fishing community might catch in a year. This boat is too large for European Union regulations.

In Senegal local fish supplies have fallen to dangerously low levels.

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