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Making good use of our marine resources

Sep 28, 2012, 10:29 AM

The fisheries sub-sector like many others in the country plays a very vital role in the socio-economic development of The Gambia.

Apart from food, it also creates income and employment for many Gambians and non- Gambians alike.

It is essential, therefore, as a country that we safeguard this critical sector and improve the sector so as to maximise more benefits from it.

The issue of economic, social, institutional, and technical constraints that are impeding the sustainable development, growth and management of the fisheries and aquaculture sectors should be overcome by our collective efforts.

The level of our local, and even regional trade in fish and fishery products, could be boosted when more efforts are deployed.

It is, therefore, our firm conviction that concerted efforts are needed to be deployed to enable us attain the best quality from our fisheries sector.

The fisheries sector needs to be given more focus to increase the benefits for present and future generations.

In order to enhance attainment of the fisheries sector’s potential to contribute to national socio-economic development, challenges facing the sector must be addressed first.

As stated above, the sector can create jobs for many young people.

Therefore, it is high time that interested young people were given more support to venture into fishing, as they need more training and capital to motivate them.