Senegal publishes a list of 151 approved fishing boats, controversy over foreign crews

Senegal publishes a list of 151 approved fishing boats, controversy over foreign crews
Senegal publishes a list of 151 approved fishing boats, controversy over foreign crews

In Senegal, the new Ministry of Fisheries published on Monday May 6 a list of 151 industrial vessels authorized to fish in Senegalese waters. A request that was made by fishing stakeholders during the electoral campaign, in support of environmental NGOs.

It was a campaign promise : the Ministry of Fisheries has made public the list of 151 industrial fishing vessels authorized to work in Senegalese waters. Licenses valid from January 1 to December 31, 2024 which were issued by the former government: in total, 132 boats are Senegalese and only 19 foreign.

Fleet audit

These figures challenge Mor Mbengue, of the local artisanal fishing council of Kayar. He calls for an audit of the fleet to find out who really owns these ships which claim to be Senegalese: “ Every time we are at sea, we see Chinese in boats. Senegal and China do not have a fishing agreement. So, we always suspected that there were nominees in these boats. »

Transparency

The Ministry of Fisheries has also identified more than 17,000 artisanal fishing canoes.

Read alsoSenegalese waters are emptying of their fish

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