Fishing, which now employs more than 60,000 people in the Ivory Coast, is taking on the status of a full scale industry.
Fishing, which now employs more than 60,000 people in the Ivory Coast, is taking on the status of a full scale industry. The fishing harbour in Abidjan has recently undergone redevelopment. The large dock area can berth seagoing trawlers. It has facilities for fuel and water distribution, as well as a cold storage area.
At present, more than 80 local trawlers pour in about 52,000 metric tons of catch each year. Vessels from Taiwan, Korea and Japan have also been attracted to the Ivory Coast, because of the wealth of tuna fish in the coastal waters.
SYNOPSIS: The harbour at Abidjan has become the centre for the Ivory Coast's booming fishing industry. The main dock was recently extended in a redevelopment plan.
The dock is designed to berth seagoing trawlers. There are facilities for fuel and water distribution as well as cold storage areas to augment the nearby open warehouses. Eighty local trawlers bring in about fifty-two thousand metric tons of catch a year.
Old-time family fishing by Africans, which has been practiced for years along the coast, is steadily fading out in the face of competition from the new industrial enterprises. Many local fishermen are trying to keep up by modernising their equipment. Nylon fishing nets have been introduced to replace the old vegetal fish-nets, and many boats have been equipped with new engines. But it is the industrial fishing that is in the forefront.
Fish exports from the Ivory Coast are still considered low by the government, but new facilities will hopefully bolster the output. Fish consumption in the Ivory Coast averages thirty-eight pounds per person per year, and goes up each year.
Coastal waters are rich in tuna fish and shrimp - a fact that has attracted vessel from several other countries, most notably Taiwan, South Korea and Japan. The fishing industry now employs more than sixty-thousand people in the Ivory Coast. With government assistance, the industry should continue to grow and provide more employment for the people of the Ivory Coast.