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“Fishermen Are Suffering, Families Are Starving” Due to Illegal Overfishing by Chinese Trawlers in Sierra Leone, Says Report

Illegal overfishing by Chinese trawlers in Ghana’s coastal waters has been well documented, but now stakeholders in other West African countries including Sierra Leone are sounding the alarm.

“The Chinese fleet has been taking the profits of the fisheries for 30 years and the impact on fish stocks has been terrible,” Stephen Akester, an adviser to Sierra Leone’s Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources between 2009 and 2021 told The Guardian (UK) newspaper. “The resources are disappearing, fishermen are suffering, families are starving. Many have just one meal a day,” he added.

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