Mwakia Mgao Makazi has witnessed the decline in fisheries’ catches and turtle nesting acticity since bottom trawlers started fishing in her community’s fishing grounds and calls on fisheries managers to restrict the practice to revive coastal livelihoods.
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.
Yunus Aboud is Chair of the Shela Beach Management Unit (BMU) in Malindi, Kenya. As chair of the BMU, he is respinsible for the sustainable management of his community’s local marine resources. He’s struggling to find a path forward to address the tensions between bottom trawlers, which are damaging coastal ecosystems and degrading local fisheries, […]
When small-scale fishers and bottom-trawlers collide, tensions and conflict arises.
Bally is the National Coordinator of the Scottish Creel Fisherman’s Federation (SCFF). As the son of a trawlerman and a member of a rural coastal community in Scotland, Bally has witnessed the social, economic and ecological impacts of bottom trawling and dredging first-hand. Bally is calling on the Scottish government to introduce spatial management for […]
After two years hard labour onboard a Chinese trawling vessel, a Liberian fisher reflects on his time and experiences trawling in the country’s waters.
The impacts of bottom trawling on small-scale fishers and fishworkers in Somalia – Nadifo Mohamud Jama
Nadifo Mohamud Jama describes how the arrival of foreign-owned bottom trawlers have damaged fishing grounds around Bander Beyla and undermined small-scale fisheries. She wants to see the government act to address illegal fishing by investing in enforcement activities.
Sylvester and Cole reflect on the origins of the 6-mile nautical limit for trawler vessels and discuss what has changed since then.
The impacts of bottom trawling on small-scale fishers and fishworkers in Somalia – Ahmed Ismail Abdi
In the past, fishers in Ahmed Ismail Abdi’s community in Bander Beyla would catch large volumes of fish. But since the arrival of industrail bottom trawlers which ‘sweep like brooms’, catches have fallen dramatically. He wants the government to take action to protect Bander Beyla’s important coastal fisheries.
In Madagascar’s Tsimpaika bay, community-led habitat restoration coupled with appropriate fishing regulations – including a ban on shrimp trawling within 2nm of the coast – has revived an important coastal fishery.