Fisheries ministry denounces “totally unfounded” Greenpeace allegations

Fisheries ministry denounces “totally unfounded” Greenpeace allegations
Fisheries ministry denounces “totally unfounded” Greenpeace allegations

The Ministry of Fisheries and Maritime Economy discovered, this Saturday, October 10, 2020, through the press, a Greenpeace report entitled ‘Seasickness’, in which the said NGO denounces supposed licenses that would be granted to foreign vessels , the installation of fishmeal plants“, the ministry wrote in a statement to APS on Tuesday.

The Greenpeace report “reports IUU fishing activities (illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing) in Senegal’s territorial waters“, according to the ministry.

The totally unfounded allegations contained in the said report are all the more surprising given that on several occasions, through official press releases, contributions in the press, radio and television broadcasts, etc., the Ministry of Fisheries and of the Maritime Economy has always provided insights, clarifications and denials, whenever necessary, with regard to the actors, national and international public opinion“, argues the ministerial department.

He claims to have discussed fishing in Senegal with industry professionals and interested organizations, including Greenpeace, which, according to the text, was received in audience by the Minister of Fisheries and Maritime Economy, Alioune Ndoye, May 5, 2020.

Mr. Ndoye and his collaborators denounce the support “flawless“what does the environmental protection organization bring to”some manufacturers“fishing and”relentlessness“of these against him.

According to them, Greenpeace went “until signing almost all of the press releases (…) published“by the manufacturers in question,”at the risk of damaging its credibility“.

The Ministry of Fisheries and Maritime Economy “i[n’entend donner aucun crédit à un rapport qui n’est qu’une reprise [des] erroneous and still officially denied allegations by some privileged industrial fishermen]i “.

No vessel flying a foreign flag can, in the current state of Senegalese regulations, obtain a fishing license in Senegal except on the basis of a fishing agreement. However, Senegal only has a fishing agreement with the European Union, Gambia, Cape Verde, Mauritania, Guinea-Bissau and Liberia“, specifies the ministry.

“i[La Chine n’ayant pas signé [un] fishing agreement with Senegal, no license can therefore be granted to a vessel flying the Chinese flag. All boats of Chinese, Spanish, French, Greek origin (…) holders [d’une] fishing license in Senegal, belong to companies recognized, by notarial deed, of Senegalese law]”, argued Alioune Ndoye and his collaborators.

They argue that these ships are “Senegalized” following a procedure strictly framed by law.

“i[Tel a d’ailleurs été le cas, s’agissant des licences accordées, sur la base d’une procédure enclenchée depuis 2017, à des navires dénommés Fu Yuan Yu appartenant à la société FT2, établie au port [de Dakar] for several decades and known to all stakeholders for its very decisive contribution to the development of the sector]i “, maintains the Ministry of Fisheries and Maritime Economy.

With regard to illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing, “Greenpeace appears to blame eight industrial fishing vessels that participated in questionable activities during the observed period“.

The ministry does “note that Senegal, through the Directorate of Fisheries Protection and Surveillance, supported in its mission by the National Navy, the Air Force (…), has effective tools for active and passive surveillance of waters under its jurisdiction“.

This is what earned Senegal, to be designated in 2016 by the US State Department, “champion of the oceans”, and to appear in 2017, “in the square of Interpol member countries responsible for guiding the fight against crime in the fishing sector“.

Regarding fish meal and fish oil factories, it should be noted that no legal or regulatory provision prohibits their establishment in Senegal. It is the department (the Ministry of Fisheries) which, following broad consultations held in 2019, decided to freeze the issuance of new prior authorizations.“.

Consequently, there was never any question of any closure of the units in activity. However, the latter must be limited to using only fish waste and scraps primarily and, incidentally, unsold items, if applicable. No possibility can (…) be offered to them in Senegal, at present, to use fresh fish to feed their activities.“, says the Ministry of Fisheries and Maritime Economy.

He shares his “unwavering commitment to work for the preservation and sustainable management of this national resource, in accordance with the strategic orientations contained in the sectoral policy letter and in strict compliance with laws and regulations” from the country.

The ministry promises to continue “to act and interact with the actors of artisanal and industrial fishing“, in the “dialogue permanent“and the”firmness“.


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