Chinese Trawling Fleet Posing As Domestic Operators Drains Fish from Ghanaian Waters

Chinese Trawling Fleet Posing As Domestic Operators Drains Fish from Ghanaian Waters

By Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer

West Africa’s fishing grounds are quickly being monopolized by the Chinese distant-waters fishing industry, according to a new report released by the Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF). In Ghana, an estimated 90% of the country’s coastal trawlers are, for all intents and purposes, owned by Chinese corporations despite laws banning foreign ownership.

Why This Matters: In Ghana, the local fishing economy relies on coastal fishing for food and income. As Chinese industrial fishing operations encroach on these resources and expand operations they contribute to wide-scale ecosystem destruction.

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Illegal Fishing Getting Tougher As Japan and Russia Crack Down

Illegal Fishing Getting Tougher As Japan and Russia Crack Down

Illegal, Unregulated, and Unreported (“IUU”) fishing operations will now have two fewer countries to dump their fish inJapan now requires a “certificate of legal catch” from a foreign government if a company from that country wants to sell its fish in Japan. And the Russian government ratified a treaty that allows them to inspect fish at the dock and refuse to block entry to fishing vessels known to be involved in illegal fishing.

Why This Matters:  Japan’s market is one of the largest in the world and its new law is seen as pivotal in fighting illegal fishing.  Russia’s ratification of the treaty on blocking illegal fish is good news because Russia was one of the few industrial fishing nations that had not signed on to the treaty.

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One Cool Thing: Panama’s Transparent Vessels

One Cool Thing: Panama’s Transparent Vessels

Last week, Panama became the latest country to formally agree to make its national vessel tracking data publicly available through the Global Fishing Watch (GFW) map platform, joining Chile, Peru (whose vessel data is seen above), and Indonesia, which have already agreed to do this. 

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New Study Exposes Fishmeal Diversions in Peru

New Study Exposes Fishmeal Diversions in Peru

Fishermen in Peru have been diverting more than 150,000 tons of fresh anchoveta from being processed for Direct Human Consumption (DHC) in order to produce “dark fishmeal”, with 62 Peruvian processing facilities allegedly involved in the illegal activities. 

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