For­eign fish­ing com­pa­nies strip Ghana­ian wa­ters bare

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AC­CRA: Ghana’s coast used to of­fer the rich­est fish­ing in Africa. Now the coun­try has to im­port pro­tein-rich food from abroad be­cause in­ter­na­tional com­pa­nies are strip­ping the wa­ters bare.

Jerome closes the door, fear­ful of be­ing over­heard say­ing what ev­ery­one knows: his vil­lage is only just cling­ing on to life, like the once-plen­ti­ful fish stocks that sus­tained it and other coastal com­mu­ni­ties in Ghana.

“They grab our fish. If that con­tin­ues, we won’t have any fish any­more,” says Jerome, a man in his mid-for­ties who would only use a false name.

By “they” he means the gi­ant in­dus­trial trawlers that come from Asia and Europe. Over­fish­ing there means they have had to cast their nets fur­ther afield, of­ten along the coast of West Africa.

Some of them come un­der EU­sub­sidised “fish­eries part­ner­ship agree­ments” with the gov­ern­ment. Oth­ers come with­out a per­mit.

Apart from jobs on the ships, noth­ing goes to the lo­cal econ­omy or peo­ple. The yield and profit all go abroad, crit­ics say. – Sapa-dpa

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