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The shark selling area. Photo: Longshot productions / TRAFFIC

Artisanal Shark Trade in the Republic of the Congo

The shark selling area. Photo: Longshot productions / TRAFFIC

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Published 17th August 2020

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Congo fishermen turn to sharks, but massive over capacity of fishing fleets puts local food security, livelihoods and shark populations at risk

Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo, 17th August 2020—Congolese artisanal fishers are increasingly turning to shark fishing because of increased scarcity of other stocks overfished by industrial fisheries: urgent legislative and management improvements are needed to prevent a collapse of shark fishing and protect local livelihoods finds a new TRAFFIC report.

Artisanal Shark Trade in the Republic of the Congo

Report author(s):
Constant Momballa Mbun

Publication date:
August 2020


Notes:

TRAFFIC’s work on shark fisheries in the Congo was possible thanks to funding from Arcadia—A charitable fund of Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin through support to the Reducing Trade Threats to Africa's wild species and ecosystems (ReTTA) project, which works to identify trends in illegal or unsustainable trade and help develop national and international solutions that could turn the tide for wildlife.


About Arcadia

Arcadia is a charitable fund of Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin. Arcadia supports charities and scholarly institutions that preserve endangered cultural heritage and the environment, and  promote open access. Since 2002, Arcadia has awarded more than $660 million to projects around the world. For more information, visit https://www.arcadiafund.org.uk/