Documentation gathered by Stop Illegal Fishing (SIF) and the Trygg Mat Foundation indicates that number of tuna purse seiners flagged to France, Spain, Belize and South Korea appears to have been fishing without valid licenses in the Liberian 200 mile zone.
Trygg Mat has tracked the movements of fishing vessels in Liberian waters for 9 months. Last summer, five vessels were tracked with vessel movements consistent with fishing in the Liberian 200 mile zone.
A new investigation in January 2012 show an additional seven vessels with the same kind of fishery related activities in the zone. The Liberian Fisheries administration confirms to the SIF that the vessels do not have valid fishing licenses in Liberia.
Read the article from SIF here
Stop Illegal Fishing is a component of NEPAD’s Partnership for African Fisheries programme