Liberia: Local fishers fear for livelihoods and food security as Chinese supertrawlers arrive
“Liberian fishing communities threatened by Chinese supertrawlers”, 14 July 2020
Six Chinese supertrawlers have arrived in Liberia, capable of taking over 12,000 tonnes of fish a year – nearly twice the nation’s sustainable catch. This has sparked outrage among canoe fishers, who fear for their jobs and food security. Liberia is now the third West African country to witness a sudden increase in Chinese industrial trawlers in the last six months - a deeply worrying trend when many of these countries rely on the food and livelihoods provided by healthy fisheries.
The Liberia Artisanal Fishermen’s Association was joined by local community fisheries associations in calling on the government to consider the livelihoods and food security of coastal communities and reject the request for fishing licenses…