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Fish Sellers in Serrekunda Market decry diminishing fish industry
Fish Vendor busy at the Tanji Sea site
sellers in the Serrekunda market which can be considered as one of the biggest
market that supplied more than 200,000 inhabitants with daily fish consumptions
cried low catch of fish nowadays.
an exclusive chat with Mansa Banko Blog, speaker after speaker lamented the high
cost of fish saying that nowadays, they are not getting plenty fish from the
fishermen compared to the past five years thus the price of fish is escalating
daily in the market.
Meita Bojang, narrated that she have been in the fishing industry buying and
selling fish (Bonga) for the past seven (7) years, and noted that “the prices
fluctuateas sometimes it is cheap and a
times its expensive.”
“When we got it at cheap price from the
fishermen, we also sell it at cheap price and if we get it at an expensive
price vice versa,” she said.
asked about her customer based, Bojang said that she already win the market as
she sells fresh fish and as a result maintained many of her customers for many
Ndey Nyang, also a fish seller, stated that transportation from the sea to the
market is one of their main constraints in the fishing industry.
complained about the high cost of fish, noting that some of the fishermen are
bent on increasing the price of fish on the pretext of catch low fish.
Mrs. Maro Dampha, selling fish is a lucrative business because she earns her
living from the fishing industry. According to her, she got her fish supply from
the Bakau fishing centre and so far spent almost 15 years in the sector.
“I pay my children’s school fees, buy cloths
and feed the family with the money I earned from the market,” she said.
red snappers, which she also sells is often available during the rainy season
and is that time when the price of the red snappers is cheaper.
about her pricing, Mrs Dampha said that the price of the red snappers also
fluctuates, saying many a times fish baskets cost them D3, 000.00 equivalent to
(US $75) and sometimes at D7, 000.00 equivalent to (US $175).
According to her, she sometimes sell bonga fish saying that some customers buy bonga fish.
proper measures are not taken, according to her, fish consumption will
drastically drop attributing it to low catch of fish due to illegal fishing in
the Gambian seas.
expressed delight over her sales attributing it to the good price that she gave
to her customers.
finally called on the relevant authorities put a stop to the operations of
large trawlers in the sea saying ‘many of the large trawlers are fishing
illegally in the seas.’