Chinese fishing vessels could be a great source of income for poor countries. But what happens if they don’t follow the rules? How are they getting away with that?
Satellite images taken off the coast of Sierra Leone show how foreign vessels are trawling in pairs, towing a giant fishing net and basically weep everything that’s alive from the ocean.
This fishing method is illegal because of its highly destructive nature. Chinese Zombie ships of the West coast of Africa are engaged in illegal unreported and unregulated fishing off the coast of Guinea, West Africa.
The Greenpeace ship Esperanza caught some of the working vessels loading boxes to a Korean reefer, which it then pursued to Las Palmas, in the Canary Islands.
Activists blocked the ship cranes leading to the seizing of 11.000 boxes fishing stolen from the waters of West Africa and destined for the European market.
However, in most cases these people are so heavily bribed by the owners of the ships, that none of them will ever report illegal fishing. This is the reason that Africa’s management system is failing completely.
Africa has been bribed for centuries by their Western colonial masters taking away all the highly valued minerals, like oil, uranium, copper, diamonds and gold.
Now Chinese vessels are wiping clean West Africa’s oceans. Already the consequences are visible. All fish stocks are declining in a alarming rate.
ABC Flash Point News 2020.