African Voices slideshow: local fishing communities under threat

Posted by Gemma Freeman — 12 May 2011 at 5:00pm - Comments
Fishingboats arriving to Tarrafal, Santiago, Cape Verde.
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Fishingboats arriving to Tarrafal, Santiago, Cape Verde.

On Sunday the latest leg of African Voices begins, as three delegates from West African fishing communities arrive in London to start a tour of the UK, speaking out on how the invasion of industrial-sized EU fleets are threatening their livelihoods, food security and marine ecosystems.

Our three African Voices include: Celestino Oliveira, President of the Artisanal Fishermen Association of Sao Pedro, Cape Verde; Issa Moustapha Diop, member of the National Artisanal Fishermen Federation of Mauritania (FNP Artisanal); and Mr. Abdou Karim Sall, President of the Fishermen's Association of Jaol Fadiouth, Senegal.

After telling their stories across Europe, the trio are here to explain how overfishing has spread to African waters - putting their small scale methods at risk from rapidly depleting stocks of fish.

They're also calling for CFP reform to fight destructive methods and to support sustainable, small-scale fishing that benefits local communities – such as those pictured below.

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