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    Abidjan, the capital of the Ivory Coast, is becoming increasingly important as a fishing centre.?

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    Abidjan, the capital of the Ivory Coast, is becoming increasingly important as a fishing centre. Situated at the northern end of the Ebrie Lagoon in the Gulf of Guinea, it has developed as a key port for the fishing industry, particularly tunny fishing, and is used by vessels from all over the world.

    SYNOPSIS: In 1977 Abidjan was used by 225 foreign vessels coming from as far afield as France, China, South Korea, the Soviet Union and Japan.

    According to an official report issued by the Ivory Coast Fishing Board more than 72,000 tones of tunny fish was taken into Abidjan last year.

    A sign of Abidjan's development as a fishing centre is the amount of on shore industry that has appeared in recent years. As well as a plant handling tunny there are three, which process prawns, and others dealing with an increasing number of fish bi-products. Much of the fish handled is for the Ivory Coast itself, but in 1977 more than 2,200 tonnes passed through Abidjan on its way overseas.

    Abidjan's increasing importance in fishing is helping it towards self reliance. Fish imports are being cut and agreements such as one signed with Senegal in 1976 are helping the country's economy. In future it hoped that other bi-lateral agreements will be signed. Fish is also proving invaluable as food for those affected by drought in the Sahel.

    Because of its protein content fish is becoming increasingly important and Abidjan is booming.

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