of the National Association of Artisanal Fisheries Operators (NAAFO); Tuesday
held their annual general meeting at the Association’s office in Old Jeshwang.
The even brought together fisher traders, fishermen across the country and fisheries officials from the Ministry of Fisheries and Water Resources.
Outgoing president Amie Ceesay-Jaiteh said the Association was registered since 2004 as the first fisheries Association to be established by the Fisheries Department. She said they started with collecting data on how many people are working in the fisheries sector. “We have now helped the registration of about 60 associations across the country with thousands of members.”
She said after collecting the data, the fisheries department conducted some trainings for them to know how many people are engaged in the fisheries sector and that was how they had help from other countries and donor agencies.
According to her, during her tenure, the Association had made tremendous achievement with the goal to contribute to poverty reduction and the promotion and development of the country’s fisheries sector.
She appealed to the new executive to continue working hard as there are still challenges which include catching of juvenile fish and fishing in the wrong zones where fishes breed.
Amadou Jallow, a senior fisheries officer at the Ministry of Fisheries urged NAFO members to select the right people who can serve them well.He reiterated the Ministry’s commitment and support to the Association, urging them to communicate all the time.