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FAO and DFID provide marginalized fisherfolks with ice for the first time in Bajuni Islands, Somalia November 20,2020   |  Source: reliefweb

Ismail Bana Ibrahim and his colleagues set into the deep sea around 6 pm and came back the following morning with 40 kg of iced fresh fish, ready for the mainland Kismayu market. They spent longer hours fishing than they used to thanks to their newly upgraded fishing boat and gear.

Ismail is among the vulnerable fisherfolks in Jovia Island in the Bajuni archipelago, Kismayu, Somalia, who received a comprehensive fishing kit from FAO through a project funded by the Department for International Development (DFID) of the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. The project was planned and implemented together with the Jubbaland Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources to strengthen the resilience of vulnerable, marginalized fishing communities in Kismayu and the Bajuni Islands.

The kits provided to 700 beneficiaries each consisted of 17.5 m of locally built fiberglass artisanal fishing boat along with an outboard engine. The boat was equipped with longline fishing gear, a cold box for hygienic fish storage and other items to enable Ismail and his colleagues to fish safely and properly preserve the fish they catch. Two solar powered ice machines were also installed, one in Madhawa Island and the other in the mainland city of Kismayu. “We have

 

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Theme(s): Fisheries Development and Aquaculture.

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