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Protecting west Africa's coastal fishing

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Reuters/Finbarr O'Reilly

The coastal fishing industry was once a big source of income for West African countries like Sierra Leone. But it has fallen prey to trawlers from the world’s largest and most modern fishing fleets, and the result has been devastating for those countries’ economies and environment. Things are slowly starting to improve for local fishing communities, but governments face huge challenges defending their countries’ waters from illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing.

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