SLIDESHOW: Oil extracting a dark spot of Ghana

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In August, a rig was being assembled fairly close to shore. For now, the operational rigs are too far away to see from the beach. This one was moved, too, once work was completed.

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Much of the fishing occuring off the Ghana coast is subsistence fishing.

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In Kribi, Cameroon, fishermen are dismayed with the day's meager catch. A marine loading terminal about 7 miles off the coast unloads oil from the Chad-Cameroon oil pipeline to tankers every two days. The local fishermen say the pipeline has seriously impacted their livelihood.

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Anchovy fishing, Abuesi, Ghana

The latest dead whale to wash up on the beach in Ghana's Western Region. Over the past two years there has been a mysterious, dramatic increase in the number of dead whales washing up on the region's beaches — with eight so far.

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The latest dead whale to wash up on the beach in Ghana's Western Region. Over the past two years there has been a mysterious, dramatic increase in the number of dead whales washing up on the region's beaches — with eight so far.

Photo provided by Kyei Yamoah, Friends of the Nation

2011 Ghana Oil and Gas Summit, Accra