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Drastic drop in Senegal's octopus stocks

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Octopus stocks in Senegal’s waters have fallen by up to 90 percent.
Octopus stocks in Senegal’s waters have fallen by up to 90 percent. Wikimedia/CC/Albert Kok

Since the 1980s, one of Senegal’s big exports has been Octopus – but today the octopus stocks in Senegal’s waters have fallen by up to 90 percent.

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In a fishing village south of the capital Dakar, called Joal-Fadiouth, fishermen saw their livelihoods starting to disappear ten years ago and have started to change how they fish.

Emmanuelle Landais has this report.

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