Illegal saiko landings at Elmina port: In November 2019, the Government of Ghana committed to ending the highly destructive and illegal fishing practice known as “saiko”. Since this announcement, almost 400 saiko canoes have landed fish illegally at Elmina port. EJF is calling on the President to lead in taking action to ensure saiko is eradicated.
Open letter opposing new trawler licences from the Ghana National Canoe Fishermen Council: Ghana’s National Canoe Fishermen Council lays out its opposition to granting new trawlers licence to fish in Ghana's waters. Over capacity in the industrial fleet is threatening jobs and food security, it says.
Viral diseases from wildlife in China: Could SARS happen again?: Originally published in 2003 in the wake of SARS, this report reviewed zoonotic viruses that transmit from animals to humans. The report warned that China was the most likely candidate for the next novel zoonotic virus. The report shows the the Covid-19 pandemic was predictable and key lessons were missed.
The “people’s” fishery on the brink of collapse: Small pelagics in landings of Ghana’s industrial trawl fleet: Ghana’s sardinella fishery, which provides food and livelihoods for coastal communities, is under severe threat from illegal targeting by trawlers in the ‘saiko’ trade. Sampling of saiko sardinella revealed the fish were 99% juveniles. These young fish are crucial to the recovery of a population that is already on the brink of collapse, having crashed by 80% over the past twenty years.
Thailand’s progress in combating IUU, forced labour & human trafficking: EJF observations and recommendations volume 8, spring 2020: Over the last year EJF has observed improvements in PIPO inspection procedures, adoption of a risk-based approach to vessel inspections, and the proliferation of translators at PIPO centres. However, issues and concerns remain.