Saly-portudal – problem of industrial aquaculture: CAOPA pleads for aquaculture activities and fish farming

Saly-portudal – problem of industrial aquaculture: CAOPA pleads for aquaculture activities and fish farming

Gaoussou Guèye, the president of the African Confederation of Professional Organizations of Artisanal Fisheries (CAOPA) returned, yesterday in Saly-Portudal, to the issue of industrial aquaculture and its impacts, during a workshop entitled ”Sustainable artisanal aquaculture, complementary to African artisanal fishing”. Representatives of international institutions, decision-makers, artisanal fishing actors and representatives of civil society lead the reflection.

According to the CAOPA president, the threats linked to the overexploitation of sardinella constitute an equation because these species in decline are used for the manufacture of oil and fishmeal, to feed fish raised in aquaculture areas in China , Norway and Turkey. For him, the reflection is important in more than one way because sardinella play an essential role in feeding populations, creating jobs and constitute a major support for the West African economy. According to him, the scarcity of sardinella is felt in the household basket, landing sites and processing areas in the hands of women. The difficulties of these to access their raw material are accentuated.

CAOPA, which has 27 African member countries, is concerned with the establishment of an intensive industrial aquaculture farm. The fact, in this year dedicated “International Year of Aquaculture and Artisanal Fisheries”, according to Gaoussou Guèye, is synonymous with enormous and incalculable loss in the occupied territories, sea and land, for artisanal fishing. It dwells on the evils resulting from the introduction of industrial aquaculture in highly productive or prolific areas, lagoons, deltas, marshes, mangrove areas. The destruction of ecosystems and the diminishing capacity for food production are illustrations. Traditional activities are losing ground due to the pitfalls mentioned.

Therefore, for the president of CAOPA, the development of aquaculture based on fishmeal constitutes a permanent threat to the future of African coastal communities. It will aggravate overfishing and food insecurity in the areas mentioned above. He ruled out any form of fishmeal and fish oil labeling in West Africa. In addition, Gaoussou Guèye made a plea for artisanal aquaculture complementary to artisanal fishing, to participate in meeting challenges. The alternative is, according to him, like the experiences of continental and coastal countries such as Chad, Mali, Côte d’Ivoire and Kenya which are full of spaces where women carry out fish farming activities in compensation. , to fill the lack of raw material.

Samba Cowpea BA