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Ocean Shock

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Fishmeal factories plunder Africa
Greyhound Bay was once a place where old ships came to die. A wild stretch of coast on the western edge of the Sahara, its shallows made a convenient, if desolate, spot to scuttle an obsolete trawler, freighter or tug. So many vessels went to their graves here, the nearby port of Nouadhibou seemed captive to a ghostly armada keeping vigil over the dunes.

Today, navigators plotting a course for this gateway to the West African nation of Mauritania have no intention of abandoning ship. Turkish fishing boats bob at anchor, laundry strung out to dry above deck. In the open sea, the convex hulls of Chinese vessels carve V-shaped wakes through the swells. Nearer shore, nomads-turned-octopus-catchers scan the surface through the eye-slits of headgear that once shielded them from sandstorms.

But the most lucrative activity of all takes place behind high walls. It would be easy to miss entirely — were it not for the stomach-turning stench.
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October 30, 2018
Chinese fishing vessels are seen moored off the coast of Nouadhibou, Mauritania, April 14, 2018. Picture...
Nouadhibou, Mauritania
Chinese fishing vessels are seen moored off the coast of Nouadhibou
Chinese fishing vessels are seen moored off the coast of Nouadhibou, Mauritania, April 14, 2018. Picture taken April 14, 2018. To match Special Report OCEANS-TIDE/SARDINELLA REUTERS/Sylvain Cherkaoui
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October 30, 2018
A porter carries a ray across the beach at the town of Joal-Fadiouth, Senegal, April 10, 2018. Picture...
Joal-Fadiouth, Senegal
A porter carries a ray across the beach at the town of Joal-Fadiouth
A porter carries a ray across the beach at the town of Joal-Fadiouth, Senegal, April 10, 2018. Picture taken April 10, 2018. To match Special Report OCEANS-TIDE/SARDINELLA REUTERS/Sylvain Cherkaoui
OCEANS-TIDE/SARDINELLA
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October 30, 2018
A fisherman walks on the beach in the fishing village of Gunjur, Gambia, April 17, 2018. Picture taken...
Gunjur, Gambia
A fisherman walks on the beach in the fishing village of Gunjur
A fisherman walks on the beach in the fishing village of Gunjur, Gambia, April 17, 2018. Picture taken April 17, 2018. To match Special Report OCEANS-TIDE/SARDINELLA REUTERS/Sylvain Cherkaoui
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October 30, 2018
Fishermen land their boat at the beach near the coastal town of Joal-Fadiouth, Senegal, April 10, 2018....
Joal-Fadiouth, Senegal
Fishermen land their boat at the beach near the coastal town of Joal-Fadiouth
Fishermen land their boat at the beach near the coastal town of Joal-Fadiouth, Senegal, April 10, 2018. Picture taken April 10, 2018. To match Special Report OCEANS-TIDE/SARDINELLA REUTERS/Sylvain Cherkaoui
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October 30, 2018
Women sort through fish on the beach near the coastal town of Joal-Fadiouth, Senegal, April 10, 2018....
Joal-Fadiouth, Senegal
Women sort through fish on the beach near the coastal town of Joal-Fadiouth
Women sort through fish on the beach near the coastal town of Joal-Fadiouth, Senegal, April 10, 2018. Picture taken April 10, 2018. To match Special Report OCEANS-TIDE/SARDINELLA REUTERS/Sylvain Cherkaoui
OCEANS-TIDE/SARDINELLA
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October 30, 2018
A woman sorts through fish at an artisanal fish processing facility in the coastal town of Joal-Fadiouth,...
Joal-Fadiouth, Senegal
A woman sorts through fish at an artisanal fish processing facility in the coastal town of Joal-Fadiouth...
A woman sorts through fish at an artisanal fish processing facility in the coastal town of Joal-Fadiouth, Senegal, April 10, 2018. Picture taken April 10, 2018. To match Special Report OCEANS-TIDE/SARDINELLA REUTERS/Sylvain Cherkaoui
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October 30, 2018
Women apply salt to dried fish at an artisanal fish processing facility in the coastal town of Joal-Fadiouth,...
Joal-Fadiouth, Senegal
Women apply salt to dried fish at an artisanal fish processing facility in the coastal town of Joal-Fadiouth...
Women apply salt to dried fish at an artisanal fish processing facility in the coastal town of Joal-Fadiouth, Senegal, April 10, 2018. Picture taken April 10, 2018. To match Special Report OCEANS-TIDE/SARDINELLA REUTERS/Sylvain Cherkaoui
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October 30, 2018
An aerial view of artisanal fishing boats moored in Nouadhibou, Mauritania, April 15, 2018. Picture taken...
Nouadhibou, Mauritania
An aerial view of artisanal fishing boats moored in Nouadhibou
An aerial view of artisanal fishing boats moored in Nouadhibou, Mauritania, April 15, 2018. Picture taken April 15, 2018. To match Special Report OCEANS-TIDE/SARDINELLA REUTERS/Sylvain Cherkaoui
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October 30, 2018
Fan Yongzhen, a manager at Continental Seafood, a Chinese-owned fishmeal producer, speaks to Reuters...
Nouadhibou, Mauritania
Fan Yongzhen, a manager at Continental Seafood, speaks to Reuters in her office at the company’s factory...
Fan Yongzhen, a manager at Continental Seafood, a Chinese-owned fishmeal producer, speaks to Reuters in her office at the company’s factory in Nouadhibou, Mauritania, April 15, 2018. Picture taken April 15, 2018. To match Special Report OCEANS-TIDE/SARDINELLA REUTERS/Sylvain Cherkaoui
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October 30, 2018
Lamin Jassey, an environmental activist, speaks to Reuters in the village of Gunjur, Gambia, April 17,...
Gunjur, Gambia
Lamin Jassey, an environmental activist, speaks to Reuters in the village of Gunjur
Lamin Jassey, an environmental activist, speaks to Reuters in the village of Gunjur, Gambia, April 17, 2018. Picture taken April 17, 2018. To match Special Report OCEANS-TIDE/SARDINELLA REUTERS/Sylvain Cherkaoui
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October 30, 2018
A member of a fishing association displays tickets used to impose a local tax on fish landings in Gunjur,...
Gunjur, Gambia
A member of a fishing association displays tickets used to impose a local tax on fish landings in Gunjur...
A member of a fishing association displays tickets used to impose a local tax on fish landings in Gunjur, Gambia, April 17, 2018. Picture taken April 17, 2018. To match Special Report OCEANS-TIDE/SARDINELLA REUTERS/Sylvain Cherkaoui
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October 30, 2018
Men carry fishing ropes outside the gates of the Chinese-owned Golden Lead fishmeal factory in the fishing...
Gunjur, Gambia
Men carry fishing ropes outside the gates of the Chinese-owned Golden Lead fishmeal factory in the fishing...
Men carry fishing ropes outside the gates of the Chinese-owned Golden Lead fishmeal factory in the fishing village of Gunjur, Gambia, April 17, 2018. Picture taken April 17, 2018. To match Special Report OCEANS-TIDE/SARDINELLA REUTERS/Sylvain Cherkaoui
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October 30, 2018
Porters deliver freshly caught fish to the Chinese-owned Golden Lead fishmeal factory in the fishing...
Gunjur, Gambia
Porters deliver freshly caught fish to the Chinese-owned Golden Lead fishmeal factory in the fishing...
Porters deliver freshly caught fish to the Chinese-owned Golden Lead fishmeal factory in the fishing village of Gunjur, Gambia, April 17, 2018. Picture taken April 17, 2018. To match Special Report OCEANS-TIDE/SARDINELLA REUTERS/Sylvain Cherkaoui
OCEANS-TIDE/SARDINELLA
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October 30, 2018
A woman picks up a fish from the beach at the fishing village of Gunjur, Gambia, April 17, 2018. Picture...
Gunjur, Gambia
A woman picks up a fish from the beach at the fishing village of Gunjur
A woman picks up a fish from the beach at the fishing village of Gunjur, Gambia, April 17, 2018. Picture taken April 17, 2018. To match Special Report OCEANS-TIDE/SARDINELLA REUTERS/Sylvain Cherkaoui
OCEANS-TIDE/SARDINELLA
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October 30, 2018
A man delivers fish to an artisanal fish processing facility in the Senegalese coastal town of Joal-Fadiouth,...
Joal-Fadiouth, Senegal
A man delivers fish to an artisanal fish processing facility in the Senegalese coastal town of Joal-Fadiouth...
A man delivers fish to an artisanal fish processing facility in the Senegalese coastal town of Joal-Fadiouth, April 10, 2018. Picture taken April 10, 2018. To match Special Report OCEANS-TIDE/SARDINELLA REUTERS/Sylvain Cherkaoui
OCEANS-TIDE/SARDINELLA
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October 30, 2018
Bamba Banja, the permanent secretary to Gambia's fishing ministry, exchanges a paper with a colleague...
BANJUL, Gambia
Bamba Banja, the permanent secretary to Gambia's fishing ministry, exchanges a paper with a colleague...
Bamba Banja, the permanent secretary to Gambia's fishing ministry, exchanges a paper with a colleague in his office in Banjul, Gambia, April 18, 2018. Picture taken April 18, 2018. To match Special Report OCEANS-TIDE/SARDINELLA REUTERS/Sylvain Cherkaoui
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October 30, 2018
A man rides a bicycle through the Gambian fishing village of Gunjur, Gambia, April 17, 2018. Picture...
Gunjur, Gambia
A man rides a bicycle through the Gambian fishing village of Gunjur
A man rides a bicycle through the Gambian fishing village of Gunjur, Gambia, April 17, 2018. Picture taken April 17, 2018. To match Special Report OCEANS-TIDE/SARDINELLA REUTERS/Sylvain Cherkaoui
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October 30, 2018
Samples of fishmeal are stored at a quality control laboratory owned by the Omaurci SA company in Nouadhibou,...
Nouadhibou, Mauritania
Samples of fishmeal are stored at a quality control laboratory owned by the Omaurci SA company in Nouadhibou...
Samples of fishmeal are stored at a quality control laboratory owned by the Omaurci SA company in Nouadhibou, Mauritania, April 14, 2018. Picture taken April 14, 2018. To match Special Report OCEANS-TIDE/SARDINELLA REUTERS/Sylvain Cherkaoui
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October 30, 2018
Fans watch a football match, sponsored by Mauritanian fish-processing and fishmeal company Omaurci SA,...
Nouadhibou, Mauritania
Fans watch a football match in Nouadhibou
Fans watch a football match, sponsored by Mauritanian fish-processing and fishmeal company Omaurci SA, in Nouadhibou, Mauritania, April 14, 2018. Picture taken April 14, 2018. To match Special Report OCEANS-TIDE/SARDINELLA REUTERS/Sylvain Cherkaoui
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October 30, 2018
Football players celebrate after winning a match, sponsored by Mauritanian fish-processing and fishmeal...
Nouadhibou, Mauritania
Football players celebrate after winning a match in Nouadhibou
Football players celebrate after winning a match, sponsored by Mauritanian fish-processing and fishmeal company Omaurci SA, in Nouadhibou, Mauritania, April 14, 2018. Picture taken April 14, 2018. To match Special Report OCEANS-TIDE/SARDINELLA REUTERS/Sylvain Cherkaou
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October 30, 2018
Abel Aziz Boughourbal, manager of Mauritanian fish-processing and fishmeal company Omaurci SA, presents...
Nouadhibou, Mauritania
Abel Aziz Boughourbal, manager of fish-processing company Omaurci SA, presents a trophy to football players...
Abel Aziz Boughourbal, manager of Mauritanian fish-processing and fishmeal company Omaurci SA, presents a trophy to football players after a match sponsored by the company in Nouadhibou, Mauritania, April 14, 2018. Picture taken April 14, 2018. To match Special Report OCEANS-TIDE/SARDINELLA REUTERS/Sylvain Cherkaoui
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October 30, 2018
A worker pulls a trolley loaded with sacks of fishmeal produced by the Omaurci SA company in Nouadhibou,...
Nouadhibou, Mauritania
A worker pulls a trolley loaded with sacks of fishmeal produced by the Omaurci SA company in Nouadhibou...
A worker pulls a trolley loaded with sacks of fishmeal produced by the Omaurci SA company in Nouadhibou, Mauritania, April 14, 2018. Picture taken April 14, 2018. To match Special Report OCEANS-TIDE/SARDINELLA REUTERS/Sylvain Cherkaoui
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October 30, 2018
Artisanal fishing boats moored in the harbour at Nouadhibou, Mauritania, April 14, 2018. Picture taken...
Nouadhibou, Mauritania
Artisanal fishing boats moored in the harbour at Nouadhibou
Artisanal fishing boats moored in the harbour at Nouadhibou, Mauritania, April 14, 2018. Picture taken April 14, 2018. To match Special Report OCEANS-TIDE/SARDINELLA REUTERS/Sylvain Cherkaoui
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October 30, 2018
An aerial view of fishmeal production plants in Nouadhibou, Mauritania, April 14, 2018. Picture taken...
Nouadhibou, Mauritania
An aerial view of fishmeal production plants in Nouadhibou
An aerial view of fishmeal production plants in Nouadhibou, Mauritania, April 14, 2018. Picture taken April 14, 2018. To match Special Report OCEANS-TIDE/SARDINELLA REUTERS/Sylvain Cherkaoui
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October 30, 2018
Fish are displayed for sale at the fish market in Joal-Fadiouth, Senegal, April 10, 2018. Picture taken...
Joal-Fadiouth, Senegal
Fish are displayed for sale at the fish market in Joal-Fadiouth
Fish are displayed for sale at the fish market in Joal-Fadiouth, Senegal, April 10, 2018. Picture taken April 10, 2018. To match Special Report OCEANS-TIDE/SARDINELLA REUTERS/Sylvain Cherkaoui
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