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Gunjur Host West African Development Organisation of Fisheries Meeting

Oct 10, 2008, 5:18 AM | Article By: Lamin Darboe

Members of the West African Development Organisation of Fisheries on Wednesday held a one-day meeting at Gunjur in Kombo South. The meeting was meant is part of the association's efforts in contributing towards the development of fisheries sector in the sub region.

Participants at the meeting were drawn from almost all the countries of the West African sub region.

Addressing the meeting, Chairman of the association Mr. Charles Batalevita thanked their host for the warm welcome.

According to him, the aims and objectives of the association is to promote and develop small scale fishing projects in Africa and to ensure quality fishing as well as to create employment for youths. He noted that the association was formed by the 16 member states of the West Africa. 

Dely Lucieu, Director of the association, hails members of the Gunjur Community Fisheries project for maintaining the structure build by the Japanese government some five years ago. He encouraged them to continue working hard. For his part, Mr. Alieu Touray Chairman of Gunjur Community Fisheries Centre informed the meeting about his committee, which he said compose of 34 members and nine sub committee members. He revealed that the Centre is creating employment for many West African nationals.

The chief of the area Sheriff Ajay Janneh commended the West African Development Organisation of Fisheries for choosing The Gambia and Gunjur in particular to host the meeting.

The meeting was chaired by Mr. Dampha Assistant Director of Fisheries.