Global Fish Crisis | Still Waters, National Geographic Magazine: Fishermen With Their Catch | Given to EU Freezer Trucks in Background

You can see the European Union freezer trucks in the background of this photograph. The Senegalese fisherman go out in their little leaky pirogues, fish in dangerous waters, and surrender all their fish to companies that make sure it is in Europe the next morning. The Senegalese then go to a home with meals that are primarily devoid of protein. In Senegal, some 600,000 people work in the fishing industry, and fish exports—mostly to Europe—are worth more than 325 million dollars a year. Faced with decreasing stocks, small-scale fishermen and Senegalese commercial vessels compete with foreign fleets. Additional pressure comes from pirate operations, which may take a billion dollars’ worth of fish a year from African waters.

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