Activist Mustapha Manneh has said that the full Greenpeace Africa report released this week constitutes an indictment against the fishmeal and fish oil (FMFO) industry. He then urged Gambian authorities to put an end to the activity of these factories.
Manneh, who is an ardent campaigner for the preservation of the environment and that of the existing ecosystems, made this remark during an exclusive interview with Freedomnewspaper as World Environment Day was observed yesterday.
Tiny Gambia is part of the West African countries that are supplying fishmeal and fish oil to Europe and Asia. But the expansion of the Induystry continues to be subjected to mounting protests as pollution and destruction of the livelihoods of many communities are raising concerns across the nation.
Manneh said the license of these factories needs to be revoked and then went further to remind the country’s authorities about the sad turn of events that happened in Sanyang.
“The same causes always produce the same effects,” he warned while indicating that a deep divide runs in Gunjur and Kartong over the issue of FMFO.
“The younger generation and the older one are not in good anymore,” he lamented. “Fishmeal has divided them.”
According to Greenpeace report, “the exports of fishmeal and fish oil to Europe are stealing the livelihoods of costal communities, by depriving populations of an important foodsource and means of income.”
Greenpeace Africa further stated that the European aquafeed companies and retailers can no longer continue to turn a blind eye on what it described as a “major human rights and environmental issue.”
“Now is the time to rethink supply chains and rapidly phaseout the use of wild caught fish in farmed fish and other animals, to preserve these fish populations” Greenpeace Africa voiced out.
In light of the disturbing findings of the report, Mustapha Manneh urged Gambia gov’t to consider closing down these factories that are ‘doing more harm than good.’
Written by Abdoulie John
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