From the APS special envoy: Assane Dème
Tanjie (Gambia), September 20 (APS) – Senegalese Khady Diop Thiao, head of programs at the African Confederation of Professional Artisanal Fisheries Organizations (CAOPA), stressed on Monday in Tanjie (Gambia) the need to clean beaches and seabed to contribute to the preservation of fishery resources.
“In a context of scarce fishery resources, cleaning beaches and seabeds could effectively contribute to better preservation, especially of endangered species,” he said.
He was speaking during a clean-up day at Tanjie Beach, a landing site in The Gambia, at the initiative of CAOPA, in collaboration with the Gambia National Association of Artisanal Fishing Operators (NAAFO).
CAOPA provided the Gambian side with ten wheelbarrows, as many shovels, five dozen gloves, among other cleaning materials.
Bakau and Kanifing municipalities made two trucks available to the actors to collect rubbish.
“Through this gesture, we wanted to encourage these fishing agents to regularly clean the beach, with their numerous plastic wastes that are hostile to the well-being of the fishing resource,” Ms. Thiao.
For Tanjie village chief Lamine Bojan, this initiative is “beneficial” as it also helps to improve the living environment.
“We already have a team that is in charge of cleaning the beach. This material will only make your actions more effective, ”he said.
The president of the Tanjie landing site, fisherman Mamadou Sarr, said he was very pleased with this day of human investment. The fishing resource needs to live in a healthy environment for better reproduction, he argued.
After several coastal areas in the regions of Fatick and Thiès (Senegal), CAOPA, with the support of its partners, in particular the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation (SSCN), intends to carry out this type of activity in all coastal areas. areas of member countries.
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