Target: Li Keqiang, Prime Minister of China
Goal: Crack down on illegal fishing by Chinese boats off of the coast of West Africa.
A shocking number of Chinese boats have allegedly been illegally fishing off the west Coast of Africa for many years. Illegal fishing is often a major issue throughout the world, and these activities are usually done more frequently due to the lack of strict government regulations. The illegal fishing off the coast of west Africa by Chinese fishers is harmful to the fish population, to the local fishermen, and may also harm political relations between China and west Africa.
The number of illegal fishing boats increased from 13 in 1985 to 462 in 2013, indicating the need for swift action to end these environmentally and politically detrimental acts. These ships get away with their illegal fishing behavior by sending incorrect information about their locations, often reporting that they are on land or in the waters near Mexico.
Although China has some fishing regulations in place, many loopholes exist in the laws that allow for the Chinese boat owners and fishermen to get away with illegally fishing off the west Coast of Africa. Experts have voiced concerns over the negative consequences that this may bring to the mutually beneficial partnership between West Africa and China if these illegal fishing activities continue to increase.
Please sign the petition below to urge the Chinese government to more strictly regulate and stop the illegal fishing activities by the Chinese boats off the West Coast of Africa.
Dear Prime Minister Li Keqiang,
The illegal fishing by Chinese fishermen off the coast of West Africa has increased alarmingly over the decades. The current restrictions in place to combat this issue are clearly not enough since the perpetrators of illegal fishing find many loopholes in the laws to continue their destructive activities. These illicit fishing activities harm the wildlife in the waters off the coast of West Africa, and also may harm the partnership between China and West Africa.
Please see to it that more stringent regulations are enforced to ensure that the illegal fishing in the waters off of West Africa are stopped. The health of the ecosystem in the waters and the relations between China and west Africa are of the utmost importance.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: Ollie Harridge