Who’s buying illegally-caught fishes from Africa’s waters? Orakwusi, Chairman Shipowners Forum, asks
In this chat, Mrs Orakwusi is pleased that the Global Maritime Security Conference(#GMSC2019), which took place in Abuja Nigeria from Oct. 7-9, 2019, would further expose the problem to the global community, even as there were calls for proceeds of such illegal fishing to be tagged in same category as the “Blood Diamonds.”
She talks about many disturbing issues and the answers they seek, in order to protect through regulations and collaboration, the fish resources in the continent.
and the issue of challenges with exporting products to foreign countries?
allowing them sell their products? That is what we have been trying to advocate. So, where are they selling the products? Where are they finding markets for them? What banking institutions
are they using that they are not accused of money laundering or that accommodates proceeds from crime? Those of us who do it the right way, in getting your payment into your domiciliary account anywhere in the world, you have to tell a history of the fund. You have to say I caught this product from this or from that. But, why are the illegal fishing trawler getting away with it? Is it an international conspiracy? For not being able to face the poachers out there in the high sea, we should be able to force the financial institutions to be more prudent, to at least ask questions. We have the law of money laundering all over the world. We are talking in terms of billions of dollars annually, and the markets are in Europe and in Asia, and we have boldly accused them of coming into our waters and poaching our resources in a most irresponsible manner. They are stealing for this generation and for generation unborn. When you talk about fishing, things like shellfish, like lobsters, prawns and some other resources that we may not be eating here like sea cucumber, it is the hottest of cakes to the Asian countries. These are things they just come and steal and go away.
waters. I remember there as a time I gave a talk in Tanzania and somebody said something that was a bit scary. She said that in their own environment, some people come in there and use dynamite. It is not good. You cannot leave your safe environment and come to introduce certain things that are not safe for the environment. It is also good we keep talking until EU will hear, the UN will hear, because we need them. This is an international organised crime. Even if we can’t effectively monitor our resources, we are entitled to our resources.