An expert of the international environment group Greenpeace, Mohamed Diame, has lamented the dangers of over-fishing in the waters of the West African sub-region.
Speaking on Sunday in Nouakchott, the Mauritanian capital, Diame said the West African waters were badly affected by over-fishing.
He said many European and Asian countries that have been facing the scarcity of sea resources have now turned to West Africa.
The growing number of traditional fishermen, he said, is adding to the depletion of sea resources in the region.
The Greenpeace official also lamented the problem of undocumented fishing which, he said, is worth US$500 million every year.
In the long run, Diame said, the development will impact negatively on the livelihoods of the dozens of millions of people living along the coast.
He said that was why Greenpeace had engaged in an awareness raising campaign to curb the situation.