Fish resource exploitation provides a wide variety of benefits to Africans. However, these benefits are currently threatened by the increasing overexploitation of fish resources.
This overexploitation is being driven by the intrinsic wealth of Africa’s fish resources. Yet, this same wealth has the potential to make a substantial, perennial contribution to African economic growth. This important source of benefits is currently being missed in most African countries.
Fisheries policies must be designed and implemented around the central issue of fish resource wealth. This is essential if African states are to meet their international commitments to eliminate overfishing and restore fish stocks. It is also essential if they are to make rational decisions concerning the full range of benefits available from fish resources.