A festival has been held in Somalia to celebrate the harvest from the sea...but the?
GV Exhibition hall with men and women in national costumes waiting to greet Somalian Vice-President Hussien Kulmia Afrah.
LV & CU Vice-President with exhibition officials.
CU Painting of shark outside hall.
GV INTERIOR Model of harbour. (2 SHOTS)
SV Vice-President being shown exhibition and GV paintings of fishing boats.
CU Sea shells and coral on display PAN UP TO Vice-President viewing them.
CU PAN FROM Fish TO Vice-President and party.
CU Baskets of crayfish and Vice-President shaking hands with fishermen. (2 SHOTS)
CU Dried fish on stall and baby shark.
CU Vice-President looking at exhibits.
GV Spectators watching boat race from beach boat-house.
GV Fishing during race. (3 SHOTS)
GV Large crowd lining beach.
GV Boat crews running along beach.
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Background: A festival has been held in Somalia to celebrate the harvest from the sea...but the country's fishing industry has been in decline. Substantial development will be required if the industry is to make a significant contribution to Somalia's economy.
SYNOPSIS: The fishing celebrations included an exhibition and displays associated with the industry in Somalia. And they rated a visit from the Somalian Vice President Hussien Kulmia Afrah.
But despite the efforts of the government to promote the industry, fishing does not make a big contribution to the country's economy. There is now only one deep sea trawler operating off Somalia, although there are hundreds of small canoes. For five years Soviet fishing vessels worked the coastal fisheries. But President Said Barre ordered them out last year, reportedly for not working to build the local industry. They took with them their ten deep sea trawlers, processing pants and their expertise, leaving few Somalians who know how to apply modern fishing techniques.
At present there is a trial programme to export lobster to Italy. Other markets remain closed until the potential importers are assured that the catch is of consistently good quality. This contrasts with the Soviet operation which used modern vessels and techniques to produce a catch suitable for sale at distant ports for hard currency. Somalia sent lobster to Nairobi and dried fish to Mombasa until May this year when border disputes between Somalia and Kenya cut off trade.
These boat race competitors have been involved in a resettlement experiment. Nomads from inland areas suffered greatly in a drought in 1974. Although they traditionally dislike seafood, much preferring camel or goat meat, they have been resettled by their thousands on the coast, and now do fishing. In the next few months they expect to receive 11 new trawlers from Australia and Yugoslavia.
But if these fishermen are to exploit the large potential fisheries off their coast several more years of development still remain.