The exercise, was aimed at ensuring a clean fish landing site that will contribute to promoting and protecting the health conditions of both the fish and fisher folks. It was also designed to ensure that fish caught on the site is clean and save for human consumption.
Modou Njie, principal fisheries officer at the Fisheries Department informed that they have been engaging residents on the need to hold the cleansing exercise.
“The exercise aims to ensure a clean fish landing site because we eat the fish that is caught here. Therefore, it is of great significance to ensure that the fish we eat are clean and protected from germs and diseases”.
The project, he added, is also involved in other activities such as construction of a smoking house for the fish smokers in their efforts to promote their work in the fishing sector.
“We would also provide training for the fisher folks to promote their work. And all these is premised on a clean environment to ensure the fish we consume is kept clean and save for consumption so that it can also penetrate markets both at national and international levels.”
Abdoulie Jallow, GIZ team leader, said the ECOWAS regional Stabilization and Development Fund, funded by GIZ in partnership with GAMWORKS, are constructing a fish-smoking house.
“During our previous engagements with the fisher folk, they have raised concerns on the issue of cleaning the site, so as to improve the hygiene conditions of the site and that is our purpose of today’s convergence”.
Fisher folk at the Brufut Fish Landing Site expressed gratitude for the exercise, adding that the initiative will help to ensure that their fish and fish products are clean and save for human consumption.