Benin Celebrates World Fisheries Day 2023: Promoting Sustainable Artisanal Fishing

2023-11-21 15:57:13

The international community is celebrating World Fisheries Day this Tuesday, November 21, 2023. And Benin will not be left out. It is in this context that the Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries launched the activities within the framework of this celebration on November 19, 2023.

“Popularizing the call to action for artisanal fishing” is the theme chosen for the 2023 edition of World Fisheries Day. According to the resident representative of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Benin, the African Confederation of Professional Artisanal Fishing Organizations, through this theme, pursues the objective of defending the rights of fishing communities. artisanal fishermen within the framework of sustainable fishing. This day, continues Isais A. Obama Oyana, recognizes the essential role of fisheries for food security and the livelihoods of millions of people.

“In our region of West Africa, the production of artisanal fishing far exceeds that of industrial maritime fishing. This fishing plays a crucial role in job creation and ensures food security,” said Gaston Antoine Djihinto, secretary general of the West Central Gulf of Guinea Fisheries Committee, launching an appeal for the abandonment of techniques and methods. which destroy fish habitats.

As part of the celebration of World Fisheries Day, a visit to fish smoking units is carried out in Sô-Zounko and Sô-Tchanhoué.

Moctar FICOU / VivAfrik

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