Awareness raising

Stop Illegal Fishing has played a role in the growing awareness and interest in illegal fishing over the last decade. This is essential to bring about change whether that is through political decision making or consumer influence.  

With evidence from activities and investigations throughout Africa, Stop Illegal Fishing is active in raising awareness, working for change and in pushing for policy reform.

Engagement with the media has been crucial to exert pressure on authorities in a number of the illegal fishing cases we have been involved in. Increasingly social media is also contributing to identifying illegality and in ensuring that the relevant authorities take action.

By raising awareness of and debatating the impacts of illegal fishing in Africa we can increase transparency, reduce corruption, increase peer pressure among nation States and MCS practitioners. This all contributes to and encourages pan-African cooperation to combat illegal fishing.

Our series of Case Studies offers evidence-based information on the challenges faced in stopping illegal fishing and the next steps and policy needs.

Recent Posts

‘West Africa loses $1.3bn to unregulated fishing yearly’

An environmental biologist, Prof. Oyebamiji Fafioye, says Nigeria and other West African countries...

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Closed season ends! Gov’t opens sea for fishing activities

The Fisheries ministry and Fisheries Commission have officially opened the sea for artisanal...

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The crisis of Ghana’s fisheries

The fisheries sector in Ghana, beset with overfishing and a dramatic depletion of...

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Seizure of illegal fishing vessels was a step in the right direction

The recent seizure of two illegal fishing vessels by the Kenya Coast Guard...

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What impact are we having?

The Issues

One in four fish in Africa is caught illegally, this threatens the sustainability of fish stocks, damages the ecosystem and deprives governments of income and people of livelihoods.

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Our Approach

Creating change by informing policy and practice, our hands on experience and investigative work means we are often the first to spot new trends and find ways to challenge these.

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Our Initiatives

Illegal fishing is a complex issue that requires multifaceted responses. Stop Illegal Fishing are working with a range of organisations to bring about change.

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