Drifting in West Africa, by Yuyang Liu
China is now the largest distant fishing state operating in West Africa.
Overfishing, by trawling has had an effect on the Chinese domestic seas, so its scope has been increasing, looking for new seas to explore. West Africa has been one of the stakes. Unsustainable practices, however, have been replicated in the new exploited territories, creating already problems of shortage of the marine reserves and forcing the artisanal fishermen to change their fishing routes for further, or even endangering this ancestral practice, either by the lack of marine resources, by the possibility of integration of these fishermen in the large vessels, or in the fish-meal factories that grow throughout the region.
In Drifting in West Africa by Yuyang Liu, work commissioned by Greenpeace, both life on board is documented both on some of the more than 400 Chinese vessels operating in the area, as on land, where the local population tries to adapt to the changes introduced by this practice. Yuyang documents the situation in Mauritania, Senegal and Guinea-Bissau as examples of a situation where the economic supremacy of a country overlaps with the natural, social and local ecosystem, imposing new dynamics of work and directly affecting the quality of life of the populations.