'Pirate' Fishermen Looting West African Waters

Publication: CNN

Author: Emily Wither

06/30/2011 - "Pirate" fishermen are roaming the seas along West Africa and looting marine treasure from some of the world's poorest countries.

According to the Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF) these illegal, unregulated fisherman are taking an estimated $1 billion worth of fish from African waters each year.


Domitilla Senni, consultant to the Pew Environment Group, says countries like Sierra Leone are an easy target.

"Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing is a global problem as it affects most of the world fishing areas, but regions with weak governance structures, poor management and controls may suffer more from IUU fishing activities," she explained.

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