Sierra Leone News: Illegal fishing threatens fisheries – Marine report

Despite government’s efforts and donor funding, illegal fishing accounts for about 30% of catches by industrial foreign fleets in Sierra Leone, says a new study published in Marine Policy, an academic journal published by Elsevier, in the U.K. The study estimates that more than 42,000 tonnes of fish were caught illegally in 2015 alone.
The paper states, in the past decade, industrial foreign vessels have increased their presence and illegal activities in Sierra Leonean waters either on their own or by enticing small-scale fishers into illicit partnerships, such as acting as transshipment vessels in near shore areas.
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