Posted - 14 Nov 2019 : 08:14:21
Lorry carrying Juvenile Fish Intercepted by Gunjur Youths
Foroyaa: November 12, 2019
By Hatab Nyang
A lorry alleged to be carrying juvenile fish was intercepted by youth of Gunjur around the gate of the Golden Lead Fishmeal Plant on the 9th November 2019.
This lorry was suspected to be from the Tanji fishing centre. Tension erupted between the youths and the people in the lorry for more than 1 hour before the lorry left the scene.
Some bystanders claimed similar juvenile fish have been caught during the early hours of the morning by a boat from Gunjur beach which was taken to Golden Lead Fishmeal.
Saikou Touray a native of Gunjur who is among those who stopped the lorry from entering the factory, said the Tanji Fisheries officers should not allow these fish to leave Tanji and come to Gunjur beach. He said Gunjur will not allow this because it is from another fishing centre where it was rejected and he asked why Gunjur should accept it?
Mr. Touray said these juvenile fish are the fish that will be needed in the near future and if they are all caught today, there will be no fish in the country’s waters in future.
“The fishermen knew very well that catching juvenile fish is not accepted by law but they know when they do it, they will sell it. That’s why they keep on catching juvenile fish,” he said
He added that the fishmeal plants should not buy juvenile fish.
“We in Gunjur will put a stop to this, juvenile fish will not be processed in Golden Lead,” Touray said.
During the confrontation between the juvenile fish owners from Tanji and angry youths from Gunjur, the fisheries officer Mr. Ebrima Jabang came out from his office and ordered the lorry to return to Tanji as his office has authority to determine whether juvenile fish could enter the factory or not.
Intercepted Juvenile Fish Rots, Buried At Gunjur Beach
Foroyaa: November 13, 2019
By Hatab Nyang
This is a developing story on the one carried in yesterday’s publication of Foroyaa regarding the interception of a lorry with juvenile fish bound for the Golden Lead Fishmeal processing plant at Gunjur.
The intercepted ‘bonga’ eventually got rotten and was buried along the shore of Gunjur beach yesterday November 11th 2019.
According to sources, when this bulk of fish arrived, authorities at the Golden Lead Fishmeal Factory declined to take it; that they could only take 400 baskets of fish and upwards.
Many people at the beach complained that night fishing is premature to start now because the weather is still hot and fish will easily rot in this condition; that the fishmeal factory should have accepted the consignment. Others complained that it’s because of the presence of fishmeal factories that fishermen have prematurely started night fishing at this time even though it is not yet the agreed time of lifting the ban on night fishing.
Night fishing is said to have commenced only in Gunjur; that other fishing centers like Tanji and Kartong are still waiting for the agreed time which is in December.
Fishermen lament that the factory price of a basket of fish costs D315 (three hundred and fifteen dalasi), which to them is lucrative; that the Golden Lead factory should have accepted the consignment because they started operations with rotten fish.
‘‘We have a factory on our beach but we still suffer because our catches rot and this is not the first time this has happened this season,’’ he lamented.
Fatou Khan a native of Gunjur and middle woman for this particular boat said the boat arrived with other boats, but capsized just a few meters from the seashore; that before they were ready emptying the boat of its catch, it already got dark; that they spent close to D4,000(four thousand dalasi) on transport to take the catch to the fishmeal factory in Kartong after it was rejected by the Golden Lead Factory; that this is why the catch had to be buried on the shores of Gunjur beach after it got rotten.
Fatou said this should be a concern for Government and all Gambians to protect the country’s natural resources for the benefit of posterity.
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