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Gambia & its Fishing Industry

Beneath the shimmering surface of the Atlantic Ocean, teeming with life, lies a vital source of sustenance for Gambia: its vibrant fishing industry. Contributing a significant 12% to the nation’s GDP, this sector casts a wide net, employing thousands and nourishing countless plates.

Gambia’s proximity to the Atlantic Ocean is a geographical goldmine. Pelagic fish like bonga and sardinella dance in vast schools, while demersal species like grouper and snapper hide in the ocean’s depths. Beyond finfish, crustaceans and shellfish add variety to the bounty, with succulent shrimp and flavorful oysters gracing local menus. This diverse marine life sustains Gambian communities, providing vital protein and income for both artisanal and industrial fishermen.

However, this abundance is not without its challenges. Overfishing, illegal fishing practices, and climate change threaten the long-term sustainability of Gambia’s fisheries. Additionally, limited processing infrastructure restricts economic gains, often leaving raw fish to be exported with minimal value addition.

But amidst these challenges lie seeds of hope. Initiatives like the European Union-funded Fisheries Governance Support Programme (FISHGOV) aim to combat illegal fishing and promote sustainable practices. Investments in cold storage facilities and processing plants are unlocking new opportunities for value addition, creating jobs and maximizing economic benefits.

Equatorial Guinea has reaffirmed its commitment to fighting climate change and promoting green development in the country. This commitment was celebrated at an event in the capital, Malabo, where authorities, institutional representatives, and members of civil society came together to acknowledge joint efforts and introduce new projects. The country aims to prioritize green development, with a focus on climate and forests as essential elements. Equatorial Guinea recognizes its forests as a valuable asset that can support a green and diversified economy while also playing a crucial role in combating climate change. During the event, His Excellency Nicolás Hountondji Akapo, the Minister of Agriculture, Livestock, Forests, and Environment, emphasized the significant role of forests in this endeavor.

Ruskin Felix Consulting (RFC) is committed to being a trusted navigator in Gambia’s journey towards a thriving and sustainable fishing industry. We bring a wealth of expertise in:

  • Sustainable fisheries management
  • Value chain optimization
  • Technology adoption
  • Capacity building and training

Gambia’s fishing industry stands on the precipice of a transformative era. By embracing sustainable practices, harnessing new technologies, and partnering with expert consultants like RFC, Gambia can navigate a course towards a future where its ocean bounty translates into improved livelihoods, economic prosperity, and environmental sustainability for generations to come.

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