The United States Embassy, in collaboration with the
The Gambia-Senegal Sustainable Fisheries Project codenamed 'Pa Nafaa' (a Mandinka word for marine benefit) is a five-year project that aims to contribute to the profitability and sustainability of fisheries in The Gambia.
The project was initiated to mitigate the effects of these challenges through integrated approach, while ensuring profitable and sustainable fisheries in The Gambia. Its goal, among others, is to support the government of the
Speaking at the launching of the project, held at the Kairaba Beach Hotel, Antouman Saho, the Minister of Fisheries and Water Resources and National Assembly Matters, said the project is yet another major step in their efforts to achieve sustainable fisheries management and development for increased national socio-economic benefits, particularly for stakeholders in the fisheries sector.
According to him, the fisheries sector has the potential to make significant contribution to economic and social development of the
"The sector presently contributes 4% of GDP and provides direct and indirect employment to an estimated 200, 000 people", he said. This level of contribution to national socio-economic development, he went on, can be increased significantly if the sector is managed and developed in a sustainable manner.
Minister Saho added that "government is fully committed to ensuring that the greater part of the benefits from the exploitation of the fisheries resources accrues to the
For his part, Dr Brian Crawford, the Director of International Programs at the
He noted that most of the scientific evidence and local knowledge of resource users suggest that the maximum production potential has already been reached for most of the fisheries resources in the region and in some cases even surpassed.
According to him, the project will focus on artisanal fisheries sector, which employs most people and harvest the largest quantities of fish.
"Key fish stocks that the project will concentrate on are sole, shrimp and sardinella that are contained in the government of the