Fisheries caught in a cycle of destruction [Mauritania]

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1 July 2001

Fisheries caught in a cycle of destruction [Mauritania]

Author: Fred Pearce, World Wildlife Fund

The fish catch dominated the subsistence economy of Iwik village, which is close to the rich fishing grounds of the Banc d'Arguin, and part of Mauritania's premier national park. But today most of the fish are gone. For in recent years, the rest of the world has discovered these rich fishing grounds and has been plundering them...the European Commission has bought rights to fish Mauritania's waters

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