The Department of Fisheries is galvanizing efforts to ensure that the fishing and the fisheries value chain in The Gambia is in line with an acceptable mordent standard.
Against this backdrop, the department of fisheries convened three day training for stakeholders from 28-30 October 2022, at NaNA on proper fish handling, processing, preservation, and distribution techniques along the fisheries value chain. According to fisheries officials, the objectives are to raise awareness and increase understanding on post-harvest losses, Improve technical knowledge and skills of fish business operators in fish handling and preservation for improved fresh fish marketing among other things.
It is estimated that about 200,000 people in the Gambia depend on artisanal fisheries for their livelihoods.
In her closing remark at the training, the director of the Department of Fisheries Anna-Mbenga-Cham said the government of The Gambia attaches a great important to the development of the sector because of its actual and potential contribution to national socio-economic development and growth. She pointed out that the sector provide food, creates employment, generate revenue and foreign exchange earning among other things.
Vessel owners and agents operating in Gambian waters are urged to register their vessels and get certified