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Illegal fishing and maritime security: towards a land- and sea-based response to threats in West Africa


Lewerenz, Catharina; Vorrath, Judith

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Corporate Editor Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik -SWP- Deutsches Institut für Internationale Politik und Sicherheit
Abstract West African coastal states lose up to $1.5 billion a year as a result of illegal fishing. The effects of overfishing also hit these countries hard. In its Strategy on the Gulf of Guinea, the European Union highlights the threats and risks posed to these coastal states, as well as the connections to Europe as an export market for fishery products and home region of many fishing vessels. Until now, maritime security strategies for West Africa have prioritized the issues of human trafficking, smuggling of migrants, and piracy. In future, however, there should be a stronger focus on the threats posed by illegal fishing, especially when providing advice, training and equipment assistance to improve surveillance and monitoring of West African waters. An integrated approach is required, which should also address the onshore problems associated with the fisheries sector. (Autorenreferat)
Keywords West Africa; organized crime; crime fighting; fishery; EU; security; piracy; illegal employment; maritime law
Classification Economic Sectors; Peace and Conflict Research, International Conflicts, Security Policy; Criminal Sociology, Sociology of Law
Document language English
Publication Year 2015
City Berlin
Page/Pages 4 p.
Series SWP Comments, 2/2015
ISSN 1861-1761
Status Published Version; reviewed
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications