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Dep’t of Fisheries trains cooperatives on fish management

Oct 6, 2016, 10:48 AM | Article By: Abdoulie Nyockeh

The Department of Fisheries with the support of Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) on Wednesday commenced a three-day training for community cooperatives on fisheries value chain management.

Speaking at the training underway at NaNA conference hall, director of the Department of Fisheries, Matarr Bah, said the training was important in the sense that it is designed to train participants on the best ways to handle fish and fishery products.

The training was part of a broader strategy to develop the artisanal fisheries subsector in The Gambia through capacity building of fisheries stakeholders on improved fishing techniques, fish handling and processing skills, and quality control and fish waste management.

Mr Bah said the training for community cooperatives would enable them to better manage the fisheries value chain in their various localities to avoid wasteful post- harvest losses of fish that can result in diminished income generating capacity of fisher folks.

The director of fisheries department said fishing and fishery-related activities are of paramount importance to the economy of The Gambia in the drive to achieve food self-sufficiency.

He said the FAO project on the development of the artisanal fisheries in The Gambia has a main objective to assist the government to enhance the development of the artisanal fisheries sub-sector and related activities through the engagement and participation of all stakeholders.

The project, in summary, is to usher in and improve the level of awareness and participation of fisher folk in the drive to put in place steps geared towards the sustainable and equitable exploitation of fisheries resources.

Bah said the Ministry of Environment, Climate Change and Natural Resources has undertaken steps to reform and initiate a review and update of the Fisheries Act 2007 and the Fisheries Regulations 2008.