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West Africa fishing communities working hard for little return

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Fish is not an unlimited resource in west Africa
Fish is not an unlimited resource in west Africa

Fishing is a vital part of life in west Africa, from Senegal to Cote d'Ivoire, but overfishing and bad management threatens fishing livelihoods. 


In Liberia, a new, shorter Inshore Exclusion Zone hurt the 33,000 Liberians who rely on fish, says the Environmental Justice Foundation.

We also speak to leading fish researcher Dr. Dyhia Belhabib of the Sea Around Us Project at the University of British Columbia to find out how she has developed a way to measure the catch of artisanal fisherpeople, or those who fish for local markets.

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