In the early 2000s in Senegal, 75 percent of animal protein consumed comes from marine fisheries. Yet Russian, European, and Asian firms are increasingly overfishing in the country’s territory and threatening the sustainability of marine stocks as well as the livelihoods and food security of local Senegalese. Some of this fishing is illegal. More troublingly, some has been enabled by improper political influence and possible bribery and corruption. Addressing fishery crime then is not just a matter of maritime enforcement, but will also require political reforms that strengthen democratic governance and transparency.
Security Topics: Natural Resources and Conflict