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The invisible factory farms: the rise of aquaculture in “green” Europe

  • Environment
  • Fishing industry

SUTHERLAND - The European Union pledged around 2.9 billion euro between 2001 and 2020 to support the development of aquaculture. Based on the Food and Agriculture Organisation's strong support for fish farming, European institutions plan to develop aquaculture in member states, in order to decrease imports of fish products, to produce food in a more sustainable way and to reduce overfishing and meat consumption.

EU and Italy turn blind eye to illegal fishing in West Africa

  • Environment
  • Fishing industry

FREETOWN - Fish exported from Sierra Leone to Italy is exposed to allegedly illegal trawling that the Italian government seems unwilling to scrutinize.

Stolen at sea: illegal Chinese transshipment activities in Ghana and Nigeria

  • Corruption
  • Environment
  • Fishing industry

ACCRA, ABUJA – This investigation exposes a hidden network of Chinese control and ownership of many industrial fishing vessels operating in Ghanaian and Nigerian waters in contravention of local laws.

European fish fraud in Namibia

  • Corruption
  • Fishing industry
  • Tax evasion

A Dutch fishing giant is involved in a corruption affair and tax evasion scheme concerning fishing quotas in Namibia. The money trail goes via Poland and Iceland.

The 2.7 billion USD blue economy investment from China in Madagascar

  • Economy
  • Fishing industry
  • Politics

ANTANANARIVO - When the news from Beijing reached Madagascar on September 6th, 2018, that a deal of 2.7 billion USD was signed on the country’s “blue economy” with China, people in the second largest island country panicked. Rightfully so. Nobody, including the fishing ministry, had heard of such a deal beforehand. 

Fishermen head out to sea from the small fishing village of Katsepy

Catching the real pirates

  • Environment
  • Exploitation
  • Fishing industry
  • Trafficking

CAPE TOWN - A number of fishing companies are flouting international law, exploiting workers, and over-fishing, thus stripping vulnerable countries of a vital food source.