Yesterday's front page New York Times story, "Europe Takes Africa's Fish, and Boatloads of Migrants Follow," chronicles the human cost of overfishing. Fueled by billions in government subsidies, European fleets empty out west African waters, leaving nothing for subsistence fishermen. I wrote about this in an earlier post, but it's an important enough issue to warrant reiteration.
Wasteful subsidies promote mismanagement on both the European and African sides. Too often, countries strike subsidy agreements without any regard for the consequences, and the large amounts of money involved invite corruption and perversity. As Oceana's subsidies campaign director Courtney Sakai put it to me this morning, when we discussed the article: "It completely undoes good management."
That's why we are pressuring the WTO to cut back on subsidies, and enforce transparency in subsidy agreements. Subsistence fishermen, not to mention fish, don't stand a chance without changes at the top level of governance.
- Oceana’s New Report Highlights Uses, Benefits of Global Fishing Watch Technology Posted Mon, November 17, 2014
- Video: Humpback Whales Cause Quite the Surprise As They Hunt for Herring Posted Wed, November 19, 2014
- On World Fisheries Day, A Look at Oceana’s Work to Create Sustainable Fisheries (Photos) Posted Fri, November 21, 2014
- Ocean Roundup: Humpback Whale Scars Can Reveal Migration Patterns, Sea Star Die-Offs Linked to Virus, and More Posted Tue, November 18, 2014
- Extroverted Sharks and Stressed Penguins: Uncovering Personality in Ocean Animals Posted Wed, November 19, 2014