The Greenpeace Ship 'Espernza' with a thirty (30) man crew has berthed in the shores of Freetown Queen Elizabeth II Quay on Wednesday 12th April 2017 and has spent five days in the waters of Sierra Leone in its survey.
Explaining the purpose of their visit to a cross section of journalists at the Queen Elizabeth II Water Quay on Tuesday 18th April 2017, the Greenpeace Executive Director, Njeri Kabeberi said "the Ocean Campaign is to investigate the regular and irregular shipping in different countries in West Africa." He added "there are different shipping vessels that are illegal that fished in these countries without the knowledge and permission of those countries. Those fishes they catch they are taken away from Africa to other parts of the World and they are also using equipment that is forbidden in those countries."
She further expressed her happiness of being to Sierra Leone, and explained that Greenpeace Africa started in 2008 and has so far being running different campaigns such as; the Ocean Campaign in West Africa, the Food for Life Campaign in East Africa, the Climate and Energy Campaign in South Africa and a Campaign to protect the Congo Forest in both Congo and Cameroon.
She added that they also intend in doing other two campaigns.
Madam Kabeberi continued that they are working in different countries as they have offices in Johannesburg, South Africa; Nairobi, Kenya; Dakar, Senegal; Kinshasa, DR Congo and Yaoundé, Cameroon.
The Ocean Campaign Leader, Pavel Pavel maintained that they have working with various governments in the West Africa Campaign as they have covered Cape Verde, Guinea Bissau, Guinea, The Gambia and they are now in Sierra Leone. Pavel said Western Countries that are fishing in these countries needed to take their own responsibility in helping these countries. He added that they are here to engage government and relevant stakeholders in the marine sector to put an end to illegal fishing. He added that upon the research they have so far conducted, a lot is needed to be done and refused to speak further until they meet with government and put forward they findings before they can disclose that to the press.
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