President of the Network of Women of Artisanal Fisheries of Senegal (Réfepas), Diaba Diop is calling on the government improve their working and living conditions
In a Greenpeace press release on International Women’s day on Tuesday, the environmental campaign organization said pracrices of fish factories deprive women fish processors of their work and their main source of income. In addition, they pose a threat to local consumption.
Greenpeace therefore called on the Senegalese government to follow the example of Mauritania, which has begun to restrict the use of certain species of fish suitable for human consumption in the production of fishmeal.
Citing a report by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the NGO reports that these industrial installations threaten the livelihoods of 600,000 workers in the artisanal fishing sector.