Greenpeace monitoring of tuna and shark fishing off Mozambique24/09/2012 12:30:37 Greenpeace ship Rainbow Warrior ends two weeks of joint fisheries surveillance with Mozambique government
"Currently fishing fleets are plundering the Indian Ocean of tuna, sharks and other ocean life. Vessels which repeatedly fail to comply with the rules must be stopped. Our oceans and the billions of people dependent on them for food and jobs need proper control and enforcement of fishing regulations," said Paloma Colmenarejo, Greenpeace International campaigner on board the Rainbow Warrior.
Japanese and Spanish trawlers
"Illegal fishing is a massive problem in waters of coastal states with limited capacity to monitor these vessels' activities. It is stealing fish from the Indian Ocean and deprives coastal states of much needed income," added Colmenarejo.
João Noa Senete, Head of the Fisheries Surveillance Operations Department at the Mozambique Ministry of Fisheries, added: "Illegal fishing affects fishing communities and squanders resources at the expense of future generations. That is why we think this joint mission with Greenpeace International may contribute to minimising or eliminating illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing, maximising economic benefits from fishing and the sustainability of fisheries resources."
Greenpeace is calling on key market players and tuna brands to ensure they have a traceable supply chain and only source tuna that is legal and comes from sustainable sources.
Greenpeace is continuing its mission in the Indian Ocean to highlight the problems associated with excessive tuna fishing, unsustainable fishing practices, and the need for countries to cooperate and ensure that communities will benefit from the wealth coming from the oceans in the future.