[QODLink]
Africa
Sierre Leone cracks down on illegal fishing
Al Jazeera report spurs authorities into action against foreign trawlers in West African nation's exclusionary zone.
Last Modified: 23 May 2012 19:09

An Al Jazeera investigation has prompted authorities in Sierra Leone to take action against illegal fishing off the country's coast.

The problem has been particularly acute in West African waters for decades, where fish is a vital and often the only protein source for millions of people.

There was a big jump in the number of South Korean and other foreign trawlers fishing in the country's exclusion zone last year.

But after Al Jazeera launched a probe to try and identify and expose the vessels in October 2010, the network returned to Sierre Leone to discover that authorities have made it more difficult to fish illegally.

Juliana Ruhfus reports from the coast of Sierre Leone.

Source:
Al Jazeera
Topics in this article
People
Country
Featured on Al Jazeera
Your chance to be an investigative journalist in Al Jazeera’s new interactive game.
An innovative rehabilitation programme offers Danish fighters in Syria an escape route and help without prosecution.
Street tension between radical Muslims and Holland's hard right rises, as Islamic State anxiety grows.
Take an immersive look at the challenges facing the war-torn country as US troops begin their withdrawal.
Featured
Private citizens take initiative to help 'irregular' migrants, accusing governments of excessive focus on security.
Indonesia's cassava plantations are being killed by mealybugs, and thousands of wasps will be released to stop them.
Violence in Ain al-Arab has prompted many Kurdish Syrians to flee to Turkey, but others are returning to battle ISIL.
Unelected representatives quietly iron out logistics of massive TPP and TTIP deals among US, Europe, and Asia-Pacific.
Led by students concerned for their future with 'nothing to lose', it remains to be seen who will blink first.