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Greenpeace on Senegal: ‘Our oceans are in crisis’

Greenpeace on Senegal: ‘Our oceans are in crisis’

Jul 2, 2014

A new report released by Greenpeace shows that the port of Mbour, Senegal, is facing a fish shortage, having once teemed with ocean life. After examining Africa’s west coast, Greenpeace said “our oceans are in crisis” and named pollution, overfishing, acidification, offshore oil exploration and climate change as the main culprits.

Greenpeace has called for action in to save the ocean for future generations and says some 30% of fish stocks are overfished, which has led to unemployment and rising poverty in fishing villages. The organisation says there have been numerous meetings with world bodies that propose recommendations for the conservation of oceans, but that “plans fail to accurately get implemented”.

In Senegal specifically, Greenpeace is campaigning for an end to overfishing in the West African waters and encouraging sustainable policies to help grow a fishing industry that respects and protects the ocean’s ecosystems and marine life.

Greenpeace is currently working with Senegalese fisherman to change practices that are destroying Senegal’s fisheries and challenging government authorities to implement better legislation.

According to The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture (SOFIA) 2014, the flagship publication of the FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Department, global figures indicate that:

•    52% of fish stocks are fully exploited
•    20% are moderately exploited
•    17% are overexploited
•    7% are depleted
•    1% is recovering from depletion

Two serious problems arise from this, according to experts. Firstly, we are losing species as well as entire ecosystems, resulting in the overall ecological unity of oceans being put under stress and risk of collapse. Secondly, we are at the risk of losing a valuable food source many depend upon for social, economic or dietary reasons.

To download the full report from the FAO, click here.

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