twitter RSS Feed linkedin acp contact

Fishmeal industry poses risk to food and livelihoods in West Africa

The wasteful fishmeal and fish oil (FMFO) industry in West Africa is posing a serious threat to regional fish stocks that are essential for the food security and livelihoods of local people, according to a report by Greenpeace

greenpeaceGreenpeace Africa calls on West African governments and companies to take immediate steps in the much-needed protection of regional fish stocks. (Image source: Greenpeace)

The report, entitled “A waste of fish: Food security under threat from the fishmeal and fish oil industry in West Africa,” raises strong concerns about the expanding FMFO industry in Mauritania, Senegal and The Gambia. All three species of fish used for FMFO are essential for food security and already overexploited.

Greenpeace Africa calls on West African governments and companies to take immediate steps in the much-needed protection of regional fish stocks, as well as prioritise basic human rights such as food security and the livelihoods of artisanal fishermen and women processors.

“We’re losing hundreds of thousands of tonnes of edible fish to fishmeal and fish oil exports, potentially impacting 40mn African consumers. West African governments must protect regional fish stocks and put the food security rights of their citizens first, by quickly decreasing the amount of fish going into fishmeal production,” said Dr Ibrahima Cissé, oceans campaign manager for Greenpeace Africa.

“Decades of overfishing and government inaction have degraded regional fish stocks. Now the fishmeal industry is aggravating the problem to a critical level; taking fish from people’s plates to feed fish farms, pigs or poultry in faraway markets. Catches that could be made by artisanal fishermen and the women who process them - which could feed low-income families - is exported to be used as animal feed,” added Ibrahima Cissé.

Greenpeace has found 50 operational FMFO factories in the region, 40 of which were active in March 2019. The majority of West African FMFO is destined for overseas markets, largely Asia and the EU. Exports of FMFO from Mauritania have doubled between 2014 and 2018, making this country now the largest exporter of fishmeal and fish oil in the region. In 2017, it was estimated that nearly 550,000 tonnes of pelagic fish were harvested to supply FMFO processing plants in Mauritania.

The growing FMFO industry is not only threatening regional fish stocks but affecting livelihoods and food security. Around 80 per cent of fish landings in Senegal comes from the artisanal sector and fish provides around 70 per cent of the population’s animal protein needs and more than 50 per cent of protein needs in The Gambia.


LATEST NEWS IN Aquaculture

African flag registries exploited by high-risk fishing operators: Report

African flag registries exploited by hig…

Ensuring that high-risk fishing operations and vessels are excluded from national flags is a critical step to securing the waters of Africa for the legitimate and sustainable enrichment of coastal...

Angola sees boost in aquaculture and agriculture output

Angola sees boost in aquaculture and agr…

The output in the agriculture and fishing (+12.9% y-o-y) sector in Angola continues to record blockbuster growth and has surpassed pre-pandemic levels, according to the National Statistics Institute’s (INE) latest...

Wanda Fish Technologies Ltd signs agreements to advance goals in cultivated fish

Wanda Fish Technologies Ltd signs agreem…

Israel- FoodTech start-up Wanda Fish Technologies Ltd has signed two agreements with Tufts University to advance the company’s goals in the emerging field of cultivated fish

Ghana imports US$200mn fish annually

Ghana imports US$200mn fish annually

Illegal fishing is having a negative impact on Ghana's fish stock and economy, and the country is spending around US$200mn annually to import fish to meed the demand

US$7mn boost to steer growth in aquaculture across Africa

US$7mn boost to steer growth in aquacult…

Lake Harvest Group, an integrated aquaculture company from Africa, will receive a US$7mn investment from Aqua-Spark and Norfund, to contribute towards the growth of the company’s operations in Zimbabwe, Zambia...

Norway commits US$5mn to help small-scale aquaculture farmers in East Africa

Norway commits US$5mn to help small-scal…

The Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD) will provide US$5mn to increase the incomes and build resilience of small aquaculture farmers in Kenya, Mozambique and Tanzania

Prev Next

OTHER RELATED ARTICLES - Aquaculture

Countries discuss for responsible fisheries practices across Indian Ocean

Countries discuss for responsible fisher…

Countries from the Indian Ocean Islands and East Africa met on Mahe Island in Seychelles on 27-28 June 2017, to discuss the fisheries transparency initiative (FiTI) for developing strategies to...

Norway to develop Ghana’s aquaculture sector

Norway to develop Ghana’s aquaculture se…

A joint initiative between Norway and Ghana has been announced to develop the latter’s aquaculture sector through transfer of Norwegian fish farming knowledge and technology

Tanzania set to benefit from Chinese investment in fisheries industry

Tanzania set to benefit from Chinese inv…

Tanzania's fisheries industry will receive financial backing from China under a new cooperation plan between the two countries

Ghana gets US$53.8mn for its aquaculture sector

Ghana gets US$53.8mn for its aquaculture…

Ghana has received US$53.8mn to improve and ensure sustainable management of the country’s fisheries and aquaculture sector

Egypt establishes fish, animal farms in four African countries

Egypt establishes fish, animal farms in …

Maher Maghraby, head of the Project of African Farms, affiliated with the Ministry of Agriculture, Egypt, has announced that the country has started to establish three fish farms and an...

‘Environmental and health risks threaten US$230bn aquaculture industry’

‘Environmental and health risks threaten…

The growth in the US$232bn global aquaculture sector could be undermined by a failure to manage environmental, social and governance (ESG) risks including climate change, pollution and antibiotic resistance, according...

Kenyan government invests US$2.2mn in fish ponds

Kenyan government invests US$2.2mn in fi…

The Kenyan government has invested US$2.2mn in the construction of 940 fish ponds in secondary schools across 47 counties in Kenya

Premier Fishing results 40 per cent increase in profits

Premier Fishing results 40 per cent incr…

Premier, one of the largest managed fishing businesses in South Africa, has announced that the company’s revenue increased by 20 per cent from US$28.01mn to US$33.46mn compared to the prior...

Wanda Fish Technologies Ltd signs agreements to advance goals in cultivated fish

Wanda Fish Technologies Ltd signs agreem…

Israel- FoodTech start-up Wanda Fish Technologies Ltd has signed two agreements with Tufts University to advance the company’s goals in the emerging field of cultivated fish

Victoria Parr marketing chief of AquaChile joins Veramaris

Victoria Parr marketing chief of AquaChi…

Industry’s leading seafood marketing executive, Victoria Parr joins Veramaris as business development director, North America to anchor further outreach into the US market

Chinese firm to set up fish processing plant in Kenya

Chinese firm to set up fish processing p…

A Chinese company has signed an agreement with a Kenyan regional government to set up a fish processing plant at the cost of US$9mn

Fish farming in Nigeria to get help from Netherlands

Fish farming in Nigeria to get help from…

Nutreco N.V. and Oxfam Novib have partnered in Nigeria to launch a one-year pilot project to promote sustainable and inclusive fish farming for smallholder farmers

Prev Next