A look at the illegal fishing industry that's worth £17.7 million and devastating the coastal communities of West Africa

Every year illegal fishing is costing Sierra Leone an estimated £17.7 million and wasting thousands of tonnes of fish.

The Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF) operates a

surveillance vessel that responds to callouts from local communities when

pirate fishermen are spotted in the area.

Their role is to gather information and evidence that helps

to build a case against the pirates. Whenever possible, the criminals are

prosecuted under national and international law.

To date over 70 vessels from 16 countries suspected of

fishing illegally have been identified.

View our photo feature about pirate fishing

The EJF is appealing for donations to help raise £50,000 so they can replace their damaged boat. To make a donation, please click here.

To learn more about the EJF’s campaign to save the seas, click here.