'In January 2023, the European Union Commission imposed a ban on imports of
fishery products caught in Cameroon's waters or by ships registered there, due
to the country's non-cooperation in combating illegal, unreported and
unregulated (IUU) fishing. Concerns about the ban's potentially devastating
long-term effects have spurred widespread action.
It’s a brisk morning in the small coastal community of Tachi in southwestern
Cameroon. A woman glides toward the shore in her canoe, navigating the waters
littered with plastic debris.
As she anchored her empty canoe, she heaves a sigh of relief after gulping down
a local whiskey packaged in a plastic bag. The whiskey, she says, keeps her
warm while out in the sea at night.
"I didn’t catch anything, but thank God 'Chinese trawlers' didn’t destroy my
fishing net," Mami Tachi, as she identifies herself, tells FairPlanet
Conflict between artisanal fisherfolk like Mami Tachi and industrial fishers
has become increasingly common in this part of Cameroon, primarily stemming
from their competition for the same fishing grounds.
Cameroon's fishing laws stipulate that industrial fishers should operate from a
depth of 5.56 km (roughly 3 nautical miles), while artisanal fisherfolk are
confined to fishing within 5.56 km from the shore. However, this regulation is
often violated by industrial fishing vessels that encroach on the shoreline,
causing damage to the nets and equipment of artisanal fishers like Ma Tachi.'
Via Future Crunch
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