Greenpeace: Our oceans are in crisis

2014-04-07 12:20

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Cape Town - Greenpeace has released a new report focusing on one of the largest fishing ports in Senegal - a place that once swarmed with fish but is now facing a fish shortage.

According to the report, the fish reserves in the port of Mbour, 80km from Dakar, are dwindling rapidly and becoming a rare commodity.

Our oceans are in crisis, said Greenpeace, after examining Africa’s west coast. The ecosystems are threatened constantly which in turn threatens the livelihoods of billions of people who depend on the ocean for food.

The main issues affecting the ocean and its ecosystems, according to Greenpeace,   include pollution, overfishing, acidification, offshore oil exploration and climate change.

According to the report, 30% of fish stocks are overfished, which has led to unemployment and growing poverty in fishing villages.

Greenpeace called for action in order to save the ocean for future generations. According to the organisation, there have been various meetings with world bodies that propose recommendations for the conservation of oceans, but their plans fail to accurately get implemented.

In Senegal specifically, Greenpeace is campaigning for an end to overfishing in the West African waters and encouraging sustainable policies that will help expand a fishing industry that respects and protects the ocean’s ecosystems and marine life.

Greenpeace said it is currently working with Senegalese fisherman to change the practices that are destroying Senegal’s fisheries by challenging government authorities to implement better legislation.

In January the United Nations's head of disaster risk warned that flooding caused by climate change had become an emergency in Senegal, with some towns finding themselves underwater for large parts of the year.

Margareta Wahlstrom met mayors of coastal and riverside towns who said their streets were flooded ten months out of 12.

The city is plagued by flooding during the rainy season when the river overflows and scientists say climate change is exacerbating the problem with increasingly heavy rain and a rise in the sea level.

Read more on:    un  |  greenpeace  |  senegal  |  conservation  |  environment  |  marine life  |  west africa

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