An Offshore Energy Bonanza Spells Doom for Senegal’s Fishermen

An Offshore Energy Bonanza Spells Doom for Senegal’s Fishermen
A boatman rows his boat on the Senegal River in Saint Louis, Senegal, Jan. 14, 2020 (Sipa photo by Jana Cavojska via AP Images).

When major energy reserves were discovered off Senegal’s northern coastline in 2015, many hailed it as great news for a country where more than half the population lives below the poverty line. But with the reserves due to come online this year, the situation is more complicated than when celebrations broke out almost eight years ago.

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