What is life like for an artisanal fisher in Liberia? Hear from Sylvester as he describes his life as a small-scale fisher, sharing the same waters as industrial trawlers.
When small-scale fishers and bottom-trawlers collide, tensions and conflict arises.
After two years working onboard a Chinese trawling vessel, a Liberian fisher reflects on his time and experiences trawling in the country’s waters.
Sylvester and Cole reflect on the origins of the 6-mile nautical limit for trawler vessels and discuss what has changed since then.
Bottom trawling is irresponsible fishing. Perspectives from African Confederation of Artisanal Fisheries Organizations (CAOPA)
Dawda Foday Saine from Gambia representing the Confederation of African Artisanal Fisheries Professional Organisations (CAOPA), explaining that bottom trawling is an irresponsible method of fishing which is a threat small-scale, artisanal fishers who often cannot compete with industrial scale bottom trawling.
Sierra Leone’s small-scale fishers share the same waters as bottom trawlers, which compete with them for space and access to fish. They also present a threat to Alpha and other fishers’ safety, as they can destroy fishers’ nets and capsize their canoes. Alpha wants Sierra Leone’s bottom trawling exclusion zone to be fully enforced.