The Senegalese paradox: fish and be fished
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CTA. 1999. The Senegalese paradox: fish and be fished. Spore 79. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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Bassirou Diarra, a fisheries inspector with the Office for Oceanography and Sea Fisheries (DOPM) in Senegal, writes to us about what he calls the Senegalese paradox : 'Here in our sub-region, our fisheries are in a catastrophic situation and it is...
Bassirou Diarra, a fisheries inspector with the Office for Oceanography and Sea Fisheries (DOPM) in Senegal, writes to us about what he calls the Senegalese paradox : 'Here in our sub-region, our fisheries are in a catastrophic situation and it is getting worse. Our inspections of catches over the last few years have shown that, for some species, fish resources are falling. In Senegal, local boats are hardly kept under surveillance at all on the high seas, and they get other benefits, so much so that a lot of foreign boats change their flag, at least temporarily.  Our analyses have shown that local boats are breaking the law more often than other boats because they are not kept under proper surveillance. It is time to deal with this situation, which is crying out for correction. At present, it is Senegalese boats which are plundering the waters of Senegal, and not foreign boats as many people think. What's more, we have to harmonise our fishery legislation within our sub-region (Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Morocco, Mauritania, Senegal). It's even more important because fish do not respect frontiers ; the fish stocks move around from water to water according to the seasons.' (see the article about fisheries in Mauritania in News in Brief)