Monday, May 1, 2017

China's Fishing Fleet Threatens West African Waters

The New York Times published on 30 April 2017 an article titled "China's Appetite Pushes Fisheries to the Brink" by Andrew Jacobs.

China is the world's biggest seafood exporter and its population accounts for more than a third of all fish consumption worldwide. It has the world's largest fishing fleet and increasingly is operating in the waters off West Africa. Overfishing is depleting oceans across the globe, with 90 percent of the world's fisheries fully exploited or facing collapse. In the case of West Africa, African fishermen are finding it increasingly difficult to compete with international fishing fleets, especially those from China.

The New York Times published on 3 May 2017 an editorial on this topic titled "China Wants Fish, So Africa Goes Hungary." It is a tough assessment of global Chinese fishing practices, but notes China is beginning to take a few remedial measures.

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