Golden fish, African fish
Thomas Grand, Moussa Diop
The Casamance region in the South of Senegal is one of the last area of traditional fishing in West Africa. Facing the growing menace of industrial fishing companies and overcoming very harsh working conditions, the fishermen of Casamance contribute to the food supply (ou food safety) of many African countries. But for how long ?
This film analyzes the recent evolutions of the smoked sardinella sector in Casamance through the point of view of workers operating in this sector (fishermen, cashiers, handlers, hullers, oven owners, smokers, traders). The fish processing sector has always generated many jobs in Senegal, attracts workers from all over West Africa and provides a steady supply of quality processed products, which are fundamental for the people of the African Continent. But over the past decade, the development of international aquaculture has led to a new demand for wild fish meal, used to feed farmed fish and livestock, attracting the interest of many foreign investors. Russian, Chinese and Turkish factory boats operate freely and / or illegally offshore Morocco, Mauritania, The Gambia and Senegal causing distress among artisanal fishermen. And now for 10 years, fishmeal factories have been created, settled all along the coast, close to the landing areas and ports, inducing additional pressure, a real looting, a diversion of the former product. reserved for our populations, and a loss of activity for the workers who live thanks to the fish landed on our beaches. Fish of high commercial value, fresh or frozen, is treated and exported massively for 50 years, or reserved for the richest of our country. The Senegalese people have not had access for a long time, and must be satisfied with the sardinella to feed. And our sardinella, which costs more and more expensive, is rare and irregular in our markets. Sardinella and Ethmalose are popular fish, fundamental for food security in West Africa (Senegal, Gambia, Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Togo, Benin, Ghana, Nigeria ...). Local, national and international citizen mobilization is needed to protect this essential fish by the absolute refusal of its treatment in export flour.
Thomas Grand,Moussa Diop
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