Greenpeace is urging west African countries to protect fish stocks by fighting illegal fishing and overfishing.
The conservation group said in a report called “How Africa feeds Europe” that huge European fishing vessels are quickly depleting west African fish stocks after overfishing their own waters.
“We must tirelessly engage with authorities to ensure that the problems of illegal fishing and over-fishing in west Africa are effectively dealt with,” Oumy Sene Diouf, Greenpeace Africa oceans campaigner, said in the statement at the World Social Forum in Senegal, according to AFP.
“The people of Senegal have long shown interest in defending their ocean and preserving their marine resources. The time has come for them to take the next step and stand up against malpractices in the oceans,” said Diouf.
According to the report, 75 percent of all fish stocks are fully exploited, overexploited or depleted.
African nations should also concentrate on a shift to alternative energy, Greenpeace said at the annual meeting of anti-globalization activists.
“Africa is the continent with the greatest potential and resources to build an economy solely reliant on renewable energy, and especially solar. This is the only way the continent will free itself from the tyranny of fossil fuels, and other dirty energy sources,” said Christian Gyr of Greenpeace Swiss Energy solutions project, as quoted by AFP.