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Why the current African Union’s blue economy strategy threatens small-scale fisheries by Joelle Philippe September 25,2020   |  Source: CFFA-CAPE

In preparation of a consultative workshop on the implementation of the African Union’s Blue economy strategy for Africa scheduled for 15 October with key stakeholders, including civil society and fisheries actors, the African Confederation of Artisanal Fisheries Professional Organisations (CAOPA) has released a communication stating that the implementation of this strategy poses fundamental threats to African artisanal fisheries, and the millions who depend on them for their livelihoods and food security.

CAOPA is worried that African governments, to address the challenge of economic recovery in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, and encouraged by this Blue economy strategy, will prioritise destructive or polluting industries that provide short term economic gains. The strategy incentivises sectors such as industrial fishing, fossil fuels off shore exploitation, and deep sea mining, which provoke lasting damages to marine ecosystems and coastal artisanal fishing communities.

The elaboration of this ‘Blue economy strategy for Africa’ was supported by the EU and Norway, drafted by a group of experts who travelled to 13 African countries in 2019 and the document was reviewed by stakeholders in August 2019 in Nairobi. The result was, according to CAOPA, “a

Theme(s): Fisheries Development and Aquaculture.

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