Regional fisheries commission convenes consultative meeting

Monday, November 06, 2017

The sub regional fisheries commission, in collaboration with the department of fisheries, water resources and National Assembly matters on Thursday convened a daylong stakeholders’ consultative meeting on the Ethmalosa Fimbriata Bongo/Kobo/Chaloo fishery at the Sand Beach Hotel.

The aim of the meeting was to share experiences on the sustainable utilisation of fishery and to have a common management plan in the sub region.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, the Director of the Department of Fisheries, Matarr Baldeh, said that the consultant did his finding about fish which was a very important and a source of protein.

He said the meeting was to discuss the way forward on how to develop and design a new project to tackle the constraints of the fish ‘bonga.’

The Consultant, Dr Minka Jobe, presenting his report, urged that measures should be taken to manage the fish ‘bonga’, adding that they realised that the bonga fish was decreasing while the fishmeal factories are booming within the region.

He said In The Gambia the management of bonga fish was a big problem, noting that they have recommended that the government including the stakeholders and local artisanal fishermen should take total responsibility of fishing industry.

There are many constraints regarding the fishing industry ranging from lack of proper and fewer landing sites in the country, he said.

Mr Jobe added that emerging fishmeal factories in the country is becoming alarming and needs proper regulatory and surveillance which should include developing the navy.

He said there should be regulations, especially when it comes to the recommended fishing nets for catching bonga.

Author: Abdoulie Nyockeh