Sierra Leone’s 1-month fishing ban achieves little
05 May 2019 | 5:26 am
Sierra Leone's April ban on industrial fishing is drawing to an end. But faced with rampant illegal fishing and poor policing, the moratorium will do little to replenish the country's dwindling fishing stocks.
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