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Issue No.64
  • :0973-1156
  • :November
  • :2021

Yemaya Newsletter on Gender and Fisheries, Issue No. 64, November 2021

AFRICA / the Gambia

Looming clouds

The dense fumes of fishmeal factories in the Gambia are like dark clouds obscuring the future of women in the country’s fisheries

By Béatrice Gorez (, Coordinator, Coalition for Fair Fisheries Arrangements (CFFA), Belgium and Dawda Foday Saine (, National Association of Artisanal Fisheries Operators (NAAFO), The Gambia

In the Gambia, 10 percent of the 2.2 million inhabitants derive their livelihoods from fisheries, with activities concentrated in the artisanal fishing communities of Kartong, GunjurSanyangTanji, Brufut, Bakau and Old Jeshwang.

In these fishing villages, brightly painted fishing canoes that use entangling gillnets, hook and line, traps and long lines bring ashore their daily catch. Not far from the landing site, hundreds of women fish processors, are sun drying small pelagic like sardinella and bonga in racks or smoking them in open ovens, fuelled by locally-found wood or palm tree branches. Other women are busy marketing the fish products. For the countr