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  • News & Media
    New film reveals extent of Ghana’s fishing crisis
    Jun 05, 2018
    New film reveals extent of Ghana’s fishing crisis
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  • Campaign Stories
    Securing sustainable fisheries
    Feb 01, 2017
    Securing sustainable fisheries
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  • News & Media
    Supporting journalism in Ghana
    Sep 04, 2018
    Supporting journalism in Ghana
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  • Executive Summaries
    Welcome to the first Far Dwuma Nkodo​ newsletter
    Nov 28, 2017
    Welcome to the first Far Dwuma Nkodo​ newsletter
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  • News & Media
    Fair fisheries for Ghana: New report
    Jul 16, 2018
    Fair fisheries for Ghana: New report
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  • Films
    Ghana: A Fishing Nation in Crisis
    Oct 11, 2017
    Ghana: A Fishing Nation in Crisis
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  • News & Media
    Ghana steps up the fight against illegal fishing practices
    Aug 09, 2018
    Ghana steps up the fight against illegal fishing practices
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  • News & Media
    Ghana steps up the fight against illegal fishing practices
    Aug 09, 2018
    Ghana steps up the fight against illegal fishing practices
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  • News & Media
    Ghana makes progress towards sustainable fisheries through fair tenure rights
    Apr 10, 2018
    Ghana makes progress towards sustainable fisheries through fair tenure rights
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  • News & Media
    EU partners with Ghana to improve fisheries sector
    Apr 07, 2017
    EU partners with Ghana to improve fisheries sector
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  • News & Media
    Positive developments for Ghana’s struggling fishing industry
    Apr 05, 2018
    Positive developments for Ghana’s struggling fishing industry
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  • News & Media
    Engaging local communities in reforming Ghana's fishing laws
    Apr 17, 2018
    Engaging local communities in reforming Ghana's fishing laws
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  • Campaign Stories
    Involving women for sustainable fisheries
    Mar 04, 2019
    Involving women for sustainable fisheries
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  • Reports
    Gender Analysis: Ghana's Artisanal Fisheries 2019
    Mar 07, 2019
    Gender Analysis: Ghana's Artisanal Fisheries 2019
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  • Films
    Ensuring social equity and sustainability in Ghana's fisheries
    May 23, 2017
    Ensuring social equity and sustainability in Ghana's fisheries
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  • News & Media
    EJF and partners Hen Mpoano launch regular radio show in Cape Coast, Ghana
    Oct 15, 2018
    EJF and partners Hen Mpoano launch regular radio show in Cape Coast, Ghana
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  • News & Media
    EJF in the field: Securing sustainable fisheries in Ghana
    May 16, 2017
    EJF in the field: Securing sustainable fisheries in Ghana
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  • News & Media
    Ghana’s small-scale fishing industry makes its voice heard in fisheries law reforms
    Jun 26, 2018
    Ghana’s small-scale fishing industry makes its voice heard in fisheries law reforms
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  • News & Media
    Ghana’s queen fishmongers: balancing gender for sustainable fisheries
    Mar 07, 2019
    Ghana’s queen fishmongers: balancing gender for sustainable fisheries
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  • News & Media
    Ghana’s small-scale fishing industry makes its voice heard in fisheries law reforms
    Jun 22, 2018
    Ghana’s small-scale fishing industry makes its voice heard in fisheries law reforms
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  • News & Media
    To save fish stocks Ghana must enshrine transparency in law
    Jan 18, 2019
    To save fish stocks Ghana must enshrine transparency in law
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  • News & Media
    To save fish stocks Ghana must enshrine transparency in law
    Jan 18, 2019
    To save fish stocks Ghana must enshrine transparency in law
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  • Films
    Ghana’s Fishing Sector and the Voluntary Guidelines on Governance of Tenure
    Feb 01, 2017
    Ghana’s Fishing Sector and the Voluntary Guidelines on Governance of Tenure
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  • News & Media
    Greater ambition and transparency can combat Ghana's illegal fishing
    Nov 21, 2017
    Greater ambition and transparency can combat Ghana's illegal fishing
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  • News & Media
    China’s hidden fleet: Illegal practices in Ghana’s industrial fishery
    Oct 11, 2018
    China’s hidden fleet: Illegal practices in Ghana’s industrial fishery
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  • News & Media
    EJF and Hen Mpoano launch project to address illegal and unsustainable practices in Ghana’s fisheries
    Apr 06, 2017
    EJF and Hen Mpoano launch project to address illegal and unsustainable practices in Ghana’s fisheries
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  • News & Media
    Fisheries project in Ghana hears of conflict between local fishing communities and industrial vessels
    Nov 09, 2017
    Fisheries project in Ghana hears of conflict between local fishing communities and industrial vessels
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  • About EJF
    Company partnerships
    Oct 25, 2018
    Company partnerships
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  • Reports
    Joint communique from the Ghana National Canoe Fishermen Council and National Fish Processors and Traders Association
    Jul 03, 2018
    Joint communique from the Ghana National Canoe Fishermen Council and National Fish Processors and Traders Association
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  • Reports
    Securing equitable and sustainable fisheries: The case for greater transparency in the management and governance of Ghana’s fisheries sector
    Jan 16, 2019
    Securing equitable and sustainable fisheries: The case for greater transparency in the management and governance of Ghana’s fisheries sector
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  • News & Media
    Notes from the field: turtle conservation up close
    Dec 12, 2016
    Notes from the field: turtle conservation up close
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  • Reports
    Briefing: China’s hidden fleet in West Africa - a spotlight on illegal practices within Ghana’s industrial trawl sector
    Oct 11, 2018
    Briefing: China’s hidden fleet in West Africa - a spotlight on illegal practices within Ghana’s industrial trawl sector
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  • Reports
    China’s hidden fleet in West Africa: a spotlight on illegal practices within Ghana’s industrial trawl sector
    Oct 11, 2018
    China’s hidden fleet in West Africa: a spotlight on illegal practices within Ghana’s industrial trawl sector
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  • Reports
    Roundtable to discuss the international guidelines on the responsible governance of tenure and the relevance for Ghana’s fisheries sector
    Jul 16, 2018
    Roundtable to discuss the international guidelines on the responsible governance of tenure and the relevance for Ghana’s fisheries sector
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  • Reports
    Chinas versteckte Flotte in Westafrika: Illegale Praktiken in Ghanas industrieller Fischerei
    Oct 11, 2018
    Chinas versteckte Flotte in Westafrika: Illegale Praktiken in Ghanas industrieller Fischerei
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  • Reports
    The problem with 'saiko', an ecological and human catastrophe
    Jun 04, 2018
    The problem with 'saiko', an ecological and human catastrophe
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  • Reports
    Principles of good governance for securing equitable and sustainable fisheries
    Apr 09, 2018
    Principles of good governance for securing equitable and sustainable fisheries
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  • Campaign Stories
    Improving Transparency in fisheries
    Oct 17, 2016
    Improving Transparency in fisheries
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  • Reports
    Far Dwuma Nkodo Project Update January to June 2018
    Nov 03, 2017
    Far Dwuma Nkodo Project Update January to June 2018
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  • News & Media
    With global action, we can create sustainable, legal and ethical fisheries
    Oct 06, 2017
    With global action, we can create sustainable, legal and ethical fisheries
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  • News & Media
    Consumer confidence in MSC sustainability scheme at risk
    Jan 29, 2018
    Consumer confidence in MSC sustainability scheme at risk
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  • News & Media
    EJF’s new film highlights the destructive and illegal fishing practice known as saiko
    Jun 05, 2018
    EJF’s new film highlights the destructive and illegal fishing practice known as saiko
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  • News & Media
    Conflicts at sea take centre stage at fisheries meeting in the Central Region
    Nov 28, 2017
    Conflicts at sea take centre stage at fisheries meeting in the Central Region
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  • News & Media
    A race to the bottom: The true price of overfishing
    May 29, 2018
    A race to the bottom: The true price of overfishing
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  • News & Media
    From net to plate: Transparency and traceability for fisheries sustainability
    Mar 16, 2018
    From net to plate: Transparency and traceability for fisheries sustainability
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  • News & Media
    Red flags: The story of the Mahawa and transparency standards in fishing
    Apr 25, 2019
    Red flags: The story of the Mahawa and transparency standards in fishing
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    Apr 25, 2019

    Red flags: The story of the Mahawa and transparency standards in fishing

    The fishing communities of West Africa are becoming vigilant against the scourge of illegal trawlers. But to bring a final end to the destruction, transparency in the industry must be a priority for governments.

    In the past, the people of Bonthe, southern Sierra Leone, have had to look on helplessly as industrial trawlers illegally take fish in the inshore zone reserved for local canoes.

    But now they can take action.

    Last November, A, who had been given training by EJF on gathering evidence of illegal industrial fishing, heard talk of a trawler in the inshore exclusion zone. Enlisting the help of the canoe fishers, he put to sea, getting close enough to take good quality, geotagged photos.

    A then sent the images to EJF head office, and we began to uncover the full story.

    The Mahawa is a 135 gross tonne trawler, and although it is operated by a Korean-owned company based in Sierra Leone, the country’s latest licence list showed that the vessel was registered in neighbouring Guinea.

    After being alerted by EJF, the Guinean authorities called the vessel back to port and ­­– by sharing information with Sierra Leonean counterparts – discovered that it was operating under both Guinean and Sierra Leonean flags.

    As a result, Mahawa’s owners were fined by the Guinean government. Sierra Leonean authorities, for their part, officially removed the vessel from the country’s registry.

    Mahawa’s story is far from rare, and shows how illegal operators use the shocking lack of transparency in the fishing industry to their own ends.

    Criminal operators create as much confusion as possible around vessel identities and change flags regularly, either to escape sanction or avoid rules such as quotas. Since only a very few countries have made their fishing vessel registries public, verifying the registration of vessels is difficult, if not impossible.

    Some owners go as far as removing their boats from all registries, becoming stateless to avoid oversight at all costs.

    Here, thanks to the sharp eyes and quick reactions of the local community, Mahawa’s case was revealed. But had both countries’ fishing vessel registries been public, this situation would have not occurred in the first place.

    In fact, because it is over 100 gross tonnes, the Mahawa is eligible for a unique International Maritime Organization number, a registration number that stays with vessels from shipyard to scrapyard, regardless of flag changes.

    If either Guinea or Sierra Leone had made these ID numbers mandatory, the Mahawa could have been added to the UN Global Record of Fishing Vessels currently under development.

    That would have meant the flag of the vessel could have been verified with the click of a mouse.

    EJF is asking all states to adopt ten simple, low-cost transparency measures that are well within the reach of any country, and could play a pivotal role in the battle against illegal fishing and human rights abuse in the sector.

    We have also enlisted the help of our supporters to call on supermarkets to use their own influence to ensure that their supply chains are free of any trace of illegal practices. So far three major retailers have signed EJF's Charter for Transparency, accounting for over half of UK grocery sales. We hope many more will follow.

    A case like Mahawa’s will not be the last, but it could become increasingly uncommon if more countries commit to bringing fisheries out of the shadows.

    • Sign the letter to supermarkets
  • News & Media
    EJF’s ten principles for global transparency in the fishing industry launched
    Oct 25, 2018
    EJF’s ten principles for global transparency in the fishing industry launched
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  • Campaign Stories
    Activist Training Programme
    Apr 19, 2017
    Activist Training Programme
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  • About EJF
    The EJF team
    Mar 10, 2017
    The EJF team
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  • News & Media
    EU Keeps Pressure on States to Combat IUU
    Jul 23, 2014
    EU Keeps Pressure on States to Combat IUU
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  • News & Media
    Teach a man (not) to fish: EJF's work with coastal communities in West Africa
    Oct 22, 2014
    Teach a man (not) to fish: EJF's work with coastal communities in West Africa
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  • News & Media
    My marathon run for turtles
    Apr 02, 2015
    My marathon run for turtles
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  • Campaign Stories
    Protecting marine biodiversity
    Apr 18, 2017
    Protecting marine biodiversity
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  • News & Media
    EJF presents at Brussels event on successes in fighting illegal fishing
    Oct 28, 2014
    EJF presents at Brussels event on successes in fighting illegal fishing
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  • News & Media
    EU Fisheries Commissioner bans three countries from exporting fish to the EU and formally warns Korea
    Nov 26, 2013
    EU Fisheries Commissioner bans three countries from exporting fish to the EU and formally warns Korea
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  • About EJF
    Our history
    Mar 10, 2017
    Our history
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  • News & Media
    EU Council announces first-ever seafood trade ban against illegal fishing nations
    Mar 24, 2014
    EU Council announces first-ever seafood trade ban against illegal fishing nations
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  • News & Media
    Landmark event in Brussels to encourage EU Member States to take stronger action on illegal fishing
    Nov 06, 2013
    Landmark event in Brussels to encourage EU Member States to take stronger action on illegal fishing
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  • Campaign Stories
    Ending Pirate Fishing
    Apr 20, 2017
    Ending Pirate Fishing
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  • About EJF
    Who we are
    Mar 10, 2017
    Who we are
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  • News & Media
    EU clears five States following their improvements in fighting illegal fishing, while red-carding Sri Lanka
    Oct 14, 2014
    EU clears five States following their improvements in fighting illegal fishing, while red-carding Sri Lanka
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  • News & Media
    EU Warns States to Act Against Pirate Fishing
    Jun 10, 2014
    EU Warns States to Act Against Pirate Fishing
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  • News & Media
    EU to ban fish imports from Sri Lanka for illegal fishing
    Jan 25, 2015
    EU to ban fish imports from Sri Lanka for illegal fishing
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  • News & Media
    EJF calls for urgent action by the Sierra Leone government to protect its fisheries resources after EU warns country on its failure to combat illegal “pirate” fishing
    Apr 22, 2016
    EJF calls for urgent action by the Sierra Leone government to protect its fisheries resources after EU warns country on its failure to combat illegal “pirate” fishing
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  • News & Media
    update from ejf's oceans team
    Jul 25, 2012
    update from ejf's oceans team
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  • News & Media
    EU warning to Thailand to tackle pirate fishing or risk trade sanctions
    Apr 21, 2015
    EU warning to Thailand to tackle pirate fishing or risk trade sanctions
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