The New Front Lines of Marine Conservation
Since 2015, Sea Shepherd has been working with national authorities and regional partners to combat illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing, and fisheries crime, in African waters. Successful campaigns have already been conducted in partnership with authorities in Gabon, São Tomé & Príncipe, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Benin, The Gambia, Namibia and Tanzania.
What’s at Stake in African Waters
How We Help Combat Illegal Fishing
The key to stopping IUU fishing is monitoring, control and surveillance – especially the enforcement of existing laws and regulations protecting marine wildlife, people and the environment. However, many African coastal and island states do not currently have offshore patrol vessels that can cover the entirety of their waters. Sea Shepherd is the only organization providing civilian offshore patrol vessels (COPVs) so that authorities from partner countries can enforce fisheries and conservation laws in their sovereign waters.