Fisheries officials lament troubles in job execution

Friday, June 07, 2019

Fisheries officials at the Tanji fish landing site have expressed dismay and difficulties exhibited by some fishermen in the smooth execution of their work. This came following recent attack on them by one Foday Jack, a fisherman.

It was alleged that some juvenile fishes were spotted inside his fishing boat, which resulted in a confrontation and the case was reported at Tujereng Police station.

Ousman Kinteh, an employee at the Ministry of Fisheries and Water Resources and a victim of the said case, said he was sent by her senior officer to confirm whether the landed boats have anchored with juvenile fishes.

Kinteh maintained that while conducting a search on the vessels, in a particular boat, the owner refused him to conduct the search.

“I was just sent by my immediate senior to go and confirm whether there were juvenile fishes on these boats. Upon my arrival one Foday Jack, a boat owner refused me to do a search on his boat which later end up in a fist fighting and later a police case. This is not the first time we are being confronted in such manner by boats owners any time we want to do a search on their boats,” he added.

A committee comprising fisheries communities recently convened a meeting in relation to the incident, where the alkalo of Tanji called for a smooth collaboration between the two parties.

Author: Yusupha Jobe