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Issue No:78
  • :January
  • :2018

Samudra Report No.78, January 2018

West Africa / FISHMEAL

Mealy Deal

For West African artisanal fishing communities, the fishmeal boom may be a bonanza for a few, but is a curse for most


This article is by Béatrice Gorez (cffa.cape@gmail.com), Co-ordinator, Coalition for Fair Fisheries Arrangements (CFFA), Brussels, Belgium


With an increased demand for fishmeal and fish oil in the major world markets, which offer very remunerative prices, fishmeal factories are multiplying in West Africa. In Senegal, there are now more than a dozen officially registered fishmeal plants—and some more operating clandestinely. In Mauritania, their numbers have exploded over the last few years, reaching 29 plants by end 2015. In The Gambia a first fishmeal plant has begun operating, while a second one is being built.

Last September, at the initiative of the Senegalese artisanal fishing platform CONIPAS, together with the local support association APRAPAM, a regional forum was held where fishing communities, environmental associations, scientists from Mauritania, Senegal and Gambia shared their experiences and concerns about fishmeal production in West Africa. The initiative was supported by the African Confederation of Artisanal Fishing Organizations, which now gathers fishing organizations from 24 African countries,...

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