Chinese Fleets Illegally Fish in West African Waters, Greenpeace Says - NYTimes.com
Chinese interest in the waters off West Africa has soared in recent years, prompted by a vast expansion of the country’s industrial fishing fleet, mounting competition and declining stocks of marine life in the coastal waters off China. Many long-distance fishing companies have been encouraged to sail farther afield by generous government subsidies.
Greenpeace said there were more than 450 Chinese-owned fishing vessels operating in Africa, up from just a dozen in 1985.
The group said nearly a fifth of the country’s foreign fishing fleet now operates off the coast of West Africa.