Yearly, European firms contribute to a tragic diversion of recent fish important in sustaining meals safety for over 33 million individuals within the West African area. That is the conclusion of a brand new report by Greenpeace Africa and Altering Markets, Feeding a Monster: How European aquaculture and animal feed industries are stealing meals from West African communities.
The report reveals how greater than half one million tonnes of small pelagic fish are extracted yearly alongside the coast of West Africa and transformed into feed for aqua- and agriculture farming, dietary dietary supplements, cosmetics and pet meals merchandise exterior the African continent.
“The fishmeal and fish oil trade, and all governments and corporations supporting them, are mainly robbing native populations of livelihoods and meals. This goes in opposition to worldwide commitments on sustainable improvement, poverty alleviation, meals safety, and gender equality,” stated Dr Ibrahimé Cissé, Senior Campaigner at Greenpeace Africa.
The report is predicated on analysis of the fishmeal and fish oil (FMFO) commerce hyperlinks between the FMFO trade in West Africa and the European market. It consists of merchants, aqua- and agrofeed firms in France, Norway, Denmark, Germany, Spain, and Greece. It additionally appears at provide chain relationships between seafood processors/distributors and farmed fish producers which were sourcing aquafeed from firms concerned in West African FMFO commerce lately, and well-known retailers from France (Carrefour, Auchan, E.Leclerc, Système U, Monoprix, Groupe On line casino), Germany (Aldi Süd, Lidl, Kaufland, Rewe, Metro AG, Edeka.), Spain (Lidl Espana), and the UK (Tesco, Lidl, Aldi).
“Exports of fishmeal and fish oil to Europe are stealing the livelihoods of coastal communities, by depriving populations of an necessary meals supply and technique of earnings. European aquafeed firms and retailers can now not ignore this main human rights and environmental situation. Now’s the time to rethink provide chains and quickly section out the usage of wild-caught fish in farmed fish and different animals, to protect these fish populations for future generations,” stated Alice Delemare Tangpuori, Campaigns Supervisor, Altering Markets.
Greenpeace and Altering Markets’ analysis confirms a speedy enlargement of FMFO prior to now few years, notably in Mauritania, the place 70% of the fish oil exports went to the EU in 2019. The governments of Mauritania, Senegal and The Gambia have to date did not correctly handle their frequent small pelagic fish useful resource, in addition to to take the suitable measures to make sure the correct to meals and livelihood for his or her impacted communities, together with the artisanal fishing sector, who proceed to protest in opposition to the FMFO factories.
“Within the chilly season at the moment in Senegal, it is vitally tough, if not inconceivable, to search out sardinella on the traditional touchdown factors. The implications on the meals and dietary safety of native persons are catastrophic in addition to on the stability of the meals chain at sea,” stated Dr. Alassane Samba, Former Director of Analysis and Director of the Dakar-Thiaroye Oceanographic Analysis Heart in Senegal.
Harouna Ismail Lebaye, President of FLPA (Artisanal Fishing Free Federation), Nouadhibou part, in Mauritania, has a powerful message for firms and governments concerned in FMFO sourcing: “Your investments rob us of our fisheries sources, your investments starve us, your investments threaten our stability, your factories make us sick… It’s time to cease now.”
Greenpeace Africa and Altering Markets are calling on firms, coverage makers and governments to cease taking fish fit to be eaten from West Africa to feed fishmeal and fish oil demand within the European Union and Norway.