Lure of migration snares Senegal’s fishermen

These days, when a Senegalese fisherman climbs into a canoe, it’s likely to be the last time — either he is leaving his life behind in hope of a new one in Europe, or failing in the attempt.“Almost everyone here has left,” said Ababacar Diop, a married father of two in his 30s, who himself tried to make the crossing but was picked up and returned by Senegal’s navy in October.Senegal’s fishing exports nearly quadrupled between 2008 and 2018, according to the Environmental Justice Foundation, even though more than half the stocks of species in nearby waters are facing “collapse”.


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