The Hunt for Pirates

African coastal states struggle to protect their widely coveted waters, but a lack of resources means thousands of nautical miles of ocean go un-policed.

In the Spring of 2017, that changed, when Greenpeace conducted joint surveillance missions with the coast guards of Guinea Bissau, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Guinea.

Their research has unearthed a “Wild West” in Africa’s oceans.

Far far from shore, industrial vessels are involved in illegal fishing activities that are taking a toll not only on developing economies but on food security and vulnerable marine species. Kyle Brown sailed with the Esperanza.

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