Environmental campaign group, Greenpeace Africa, condemns the opening of a new fishmeal factory in Senegal, despite the commitment of the ministry in charge of fisheries not to grant any new authorizations.
It said fishmeal and fish oil factory called BARNA erected in a residential area have terrible consequences on the health and living environment of the population.
The organization suggests that sustainable management and courageous management measures be taken by the authorities to allow fishing communities to continue to live from their profession.
The Senegalese fishing sector is facing in recent years an unprecedented economic, social and environmental crisis with disastrous consequences on fishermen, fishmongers and women processors.
Greenpeace wants the Senegalese government to prohibit the use of fresh fish by fishmeal and fish oil factories, and limit their production to the use of residues from fish processing plants and sites.
Dr. Aliou Ba is with Greenpeace West Africa Bureau.