On 11 January, Dryad Global published a profile, saying that the fisheries sector matters for Cameroon’s maritime security since it makes a significant contribution to the economy, food security and local livelihoods. It says that IUU fishing and fisheries crime are 2 concepts increasingly being used to refer to a wide range of actions that directly or indirectly impact on fish value chains. It is said that the violation of fishing zones especially by industrial fishers was reported as the most recurrent illegal fishing problem; other prominent illegal practices are that of twin or pair trawling, and fishing in breeding grounds (especially mangrove forests) and the deliberate destruction of these to smoke fish. Bribery, extortion and corruption is also said to be rife.
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