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Kenyan Fishers Describe Horrorific Conditions Aboard Chinese Trawlers

Kenyan fishers working aboard Chinese trawlers in the Indian Ocean report widespread mistreatment and abuse by their Chinese managers, even threats of being pushed overboard, according to a story published in today's Nation newspaper. In addition to the ...

China’s Role in Ghana’s Unfolding Fishing Catastrophe

While the Ghanaian government took decisive action earlier this year to crack down on illegal mining known as Galamsey where Chinese illegal mining interests have been active for years, Accra has done absolutely nothing to combat persistent illegal fishing in its ...

The Global Marketplace Versus the Global South

This week The Guardian carried two articles about China’s growing influence in the Pacific Island region. The first, under the headline “Pacific Plunder,” highlights how China imports more wood, fish, and minerals from Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, and elsewhere than any other major ...

Q&A: Why Banning Chinese Fish Imports Is Not a Good Idea in Kenya

Soon after reports emerged that Kenya’s Agriculture Committee in parliament proposed legislation that would restrict Chinese fish imports into the country, Safina Musa, a fisheries scientist at the Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute, called for a reconsideration of the plan in a column she ...

China Slams Economist Report on Beijing’s Financing of New Fishing Port in Sierra Leone

The Chinese Foreign Ministry seemingly went out of its way on Friday to challenge an August 19th story published by The Economist that was critical of China's plans to finance the construction of a new deep-water fishing port in Sierra Leone: "many Sierra Leoneans fret ...

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The Lives of African Youth Need to Be on the Climate Agenda in Glasgow

Our podcast conversation this week with the Kenyan economist Anzetse Were was a feast of insights. Among these was her point that there is a massive lag between financing for climate mitigation versus climate adaptation. The former refers to measures directly aimed at reducing future greenhouse gas emissions that further worsen global warming. The latter relates to how we’ll adapt our societies to deal with the emissions already in our atmosphere. These ...

A Lot of Kenyans May Want to Ban Imported Fish From China, But That Just Can’t Happen For Now

The recent proposal in Kenya's National Assembly to ban imported fish from China has sparked a lively discussion about how to simultaneously enhance the country's food security while bolstering the livelihoods of Kenya's embattled fishing communities. Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Peter Munya ...

Kenya Fisheries Minister: No Ban on Chinese Fish Imports

For the second time in three years, Kenya has walked back a threat to ban fish imported from China. Fisheries Cabinet Secretary Peter Munya (photo) said late last week that Nairobi would not move forward with a proposed bill in the National Assembly that sought to restrict ...

Kenya Wants to Ban Chinese Fish Imports Again. It Didn’t End Well The Last Time.

The Kenyan parliament will move forward with legislation to outlaw imported Chinese fish from entering the country. Legislators confirmed on Tuesday that the Agriculture Committee is finalizing new regulations aimed to boost the local fishing sector by restricting imports of Chinese seafood, particularly frozen tilapia.

Week in Review: Trade, Tilapia and Transmission Lines

Wycliffe Oparanya, governor of Kenya's Kakamega County, opened a new $120 million EU-financed fish processing factory that is intended to help Kenya reduce its dependence on imported Chinese tilapia and increase exports to Europe. Local fishers have long complained that low-cost Chinese imports, which they claim are also ...

EJF: Chinese Fishing Trawler Captains Bribe and Intimidate Ghanaian Government Observers

The Ghanaian government's efforts to monitor and report illegal fishing activities on trawlers operating under its flag, many owned by Chinese companies, has been critically undermined through intimidation and bribery, according to a damning new report by the London-based non-profit Environmental Justice Foundation.
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