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Flake ice plant is an incentive for sustainable fishing in Banjul

Saskia van Driel - VVSG
19 October 2018

Ostend (70,000 inhabitants) has had a twin city relationship with Banjul (35,000 inhabitants) for almost fifteen years. They collaborate on many projects to actively support the efficiency and public services of the Banjul city council (such as IT, waste, street lighting, fishing, urban agriculture and a bicycle workshop).

Banjul is the capital of Gambia and is located on the coast of West Africa. The Gambia river which flows into the Atlantic Ocean in Banjul is the lifeline of the country. Fishing is an important part of the society. Fish is part of the daily diet and is the most important source of protein for most of the inhabitants.

The flake ice plant has been working at full capacity since 2016 thanks to the partnership with Ostend. The availability of flake ice means that fishers, who sometimes spend days on sea, can store the caught fish for longer, which has a positive effect on food hygiene and the profitability of the activities of fishers and fish sellers.

At least 250 people work in the fishing sector in Banjul as fishers, fish smokers and salters and fish sellers. This has an impact on the livelihoods of at least two thousand people every day. The fish is sold up to the hinterlands of Gambia, Senegal, Guinea and Mali.

 

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