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Resources for reporting on fisheries

One of this week’s Farmer stories talks about illegal fishing in West Africa. Many people depend on Africa’s oceans, lakes, and rivers for nutritious local food. But overfishing, climate change, and fishing methods that damage aquatic habitat are threatening food security.

If you are preparing programs about fishing, fish farming, and ocean conservation, here are some resources to help:

Covering the Seas is a reporters’ guide from Internews’ Earth Journalism Network. It presents some major trends and challenges in ocean conservation, aquaculture, and fisheries regulation, as well as tips for journalists covering these subjects.
http://earthjournalism.net/resources/covering-the-seas/covering-the-seas-english [1]

The World Bank’s 2017 report, Sunken Billions Revisited: Progress and Challenges in Global Marine Fisheries, covers economic aspects of the global fishing industry, including policy issues, marine resources, fish trade and consumption, and trends in fisheries production.
https://openknowledge.worldbank.org/bitstream/handle/10986/24056/9781464809194.pdf [2]

Greenpeace’s in-depth look at China’s role in African fisheries is also available online, titled Africa’s Fisheries’ Paradise at a Crossroads: Investigating Chinese companies’ illegal fishing practices in West Africa.
http://www.greenpeace.org/africa/Global/africa/graphics/Scam%20on%20the%20African%20Coast/AFRICA%E2%80%99S%20FISHERIES%E2%80%99%20PARADISE%20AT%20A%20CROSSROADS_FULL%20REPORT.pdf [3]

Photo credit: Farm Salmon Norway, Erline Svensen / WWF