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Senegal Cancels Licences of Foreign Fishing Trawlers

May 17, 2012

Senegal’s new government has revoked the licences of 29 foreign fishing trawlers and demanded that they land their catches in the capital Dakar before leaving the country’s waters.

Fisheries Minister Pape Diouf’s move follows intensifying resentment at overfishing and alleged corruption of the previous government’s licencing scheme. The decision is expected to soothe threats made by 52,000 domestic, small-scale inshore fishers to take direct action against the foreign trawlers’ owners.

I liked reading about this. This came after a similar push in 2006, but afterwards corruption allowed foreign trawlers to buy themselves back in.

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