In Pictures: Greenpeace’s investigation into West African Fisheries

These photos from this year’s investigation into West African Fisheries show the threat illegal and overfishing practises pose to the livelihoods of millions of Africans.

In only twenty days, Greenpeace and fisheries inspectors from Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Sierra Leone and Senegal came across 17 vessels contravening applicable rules, including involvement in illegal transshipment, fishing in breach of their license conditions, using illegal nets and shark finning. The photos show our investigation and reveal the harmful fishing practices and over exploitation taking place in West African waters. All images are by photographer Pierre Gleizes.

The Taziazet 1, a Mauritanian fishing boat, and the Esperanza.
Inspectors and Greenpeace campaigners are on an inflatable boat on their way for a high sea control of Chinese fishing trawler FU HAI YU 1111 by Sierra Leone fishery inspectors. The boat has been arrested and sent to Freetown after illegal fishing gear was discovered on board.
A catch log book is on scraps of paper. The Chinese fishing trawler FU HAI YU 2222 has been arrested and sent to Freetown after illegal fishing gear was discovered on board during a joint operation by Sierra Leone fishery inspectors and Greenpeace.
A fisherman works on board the FU YUANG YU 380 Chinese fishing boat (l) and fish bycatch is thrown back at sea by fishermen on board the FU YUANG YU 362 Chinese fishing boat.
Undersized fish catch (the Pagellus fish should be minimum 15 cm long) is found on board the Senegalese fishing boat DAK 1115 / 6WGG / KANBAL III.
Guinea Bissau fishery officers arrest Chinese fishing vessel Yi Feng 08 for inadequate identification markings.
A fisherman waves while standing on the beach next to a pirogue on Turtle Islands.
Half of the reefers and trawler boats visible in the background are under police arrest for fishing infractions.
Dolphins are swimming in Guinean EEZ.
The Guinean Fishery Minister Andre Lou visits the Greenpeace ship Esperanza. Greenpeace is on tour in West African waters to address the problem of overfishing in the region.
Fish heads poke through the net on Senegalese / Chinese fishing boat SOLEIL 12 / DAK 822 / 6WBM, Fish processing chain on board the Senegalese fishing boat AMINE /6WKH / DAK 1203, and a hammerhead shark, caught as bycatch, in fish hold of FU YUANG YU 379 Chinese fishing boat (ltr).
The Greenpeace ship Esperanza and inflatable during sunset in Mauritanian EEZ
Dolphins swim off Guinea.

Angela Glienicke Picture Editor at Greenpeace UK

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