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How Chinese Business Practices Are Disrupting the Kenyan Fishing Industry

Chinese seafood buyers are reportedly cutting out Kenyan middlemen and working directly with local fishermen for lobsters and other fish products, according to a report in the East African newspaper. Fishermen, for their part, aren't complaining. They're getting to work directly ...

Someone Paid a Huge Ransom to Free the Crew of Chinese Fishing Vessel Taken Captive in the Gulf of Guinea

The Nigerian Navy reports that the crew of a pirated Chinese fishing vessel was recently released following the payment of a $300,000 ransom. The crew had spent a month in captivity The 14-member crew, including six Chinese nationals, was kidnapped off the ...

Chinese Fishing Vessel Runs Aground in Mauritius, Sparking Fears of Another Environmental Disaster

Coastguard and security forces are racing to offload 130 tons of fuel and lubricants from a Chinese fishing vessel that ran aground off the coast of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean. The incident took place on Sunday when ...

Conservation Group Reports “Appalling” Human Rights Violations Aboard Chinese-Owned Fishing Trawlers in Ghana

The London-based conservation group Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF) published a damning report on Monday that details "appalling" human rights violations aboard Chinese-owned fishing trawlers that operate in Ghanaian waters. The report details extensive exploitation of local crew members by Chinese managers ...

U.S. Government Targets African Twitter Users With Paid Campaign Criticizing Chinese Fishing Practices

Senegal-based freelance journalist James Courtright noticed an interesting paid tweet from the U.S. government's official French language account that appeared in his feed this week. The "promoted" post (that means "paid" in Twitter's vernacular) attacked China's distant fishing operations around the world: ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

What We’ve Lost in the Fire

This weekend was a rough one for South Africa. On Sunday, the country watched as fires around Table Mountain slowly started creeping downhill, towards the beautiful campus of the University of Cape Town (UCT). Soon it was confirmed that the university’s African Studies library, which housed a unique collection of African film, and one of the biggest repositories of historical documents related to Southern Africa, was on fire. Librarians are still trying ...

Q&A: Liberia’s Decision to Deny Fishing Permits to 6 Chinese Super Trawlers “Sends a Powerful Message”

After months of deliberations, Liberia's National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority (NaFAA) announced last week that it would deny permits to six Chinese super-trawlers to fish in its territorial waters. The trawlers arrived earlier this year and immediately sparked widespread concern that their ability to catch 12,000 metric ...

Reporter’s Notebook: China’s Controversial Distant Fishing Fleet

The presence of China's distant fishing fleet in African waters is increasingly becoming a contentious domestic political issues in a number of countries, particularly in West Africa. At a campaign rally in September, Ghanaian vice presidential candidate

Leading Environmental Protection NGO Responds to Ghana’s Controversial Decision to Re-License a Chinese Trawler

The London-based Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF) responded this week to the Ghanaian government's controversial decision to renew the fishing license for the Chinese trawler Lu Rong Yuan Yu 956. The EJF's main point of contention is that Lu Rong Yuan Yu ...

Ghana Renews Fishing Permit for Chinese Trawler That Has Refused to Pay a $1 Million Fine

Ghanaian fishing authorities have reportedly renewed the permit for the Lu Rong Yuan Yu 956, a Chinese vessel operated by Rongcheng Ocean Fishery Co. Ltd., even though the company has so far refused to pay a $1 million fine it incurred last year for using illegal nets.

Three New Chinese Trawlers Are on Their Way to Africa as Part of a Global Expansion of China’s Distant Fishing Fleet

China's notorious distant fishing fleet appears to be undertaking a major global expansion, particularly into Africa's already over-fished waters. The issue is sparking disputes between China and countries in Asia, Africa, and the Americas, where some leaders are now publicly challenging ...
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