Naunet Fisheries Consultants has been awarded the contract “develop management advice for the Indian Ocean yellowfin tuna that would rebuild the stock in two generations” by the Global Tuna Alliance, an independent group of retailers and supply-chain companies (including supermarkets such as TESCO, Waitrose, Sainsbury’s, ASDA or Morrisons) working to ensure that tuna ultimately meets the highest standards of environmental performance and social responsibility.
During March 2020, one of our associated consultants (J. Vilata) will take part in a preliminary assessment of factors influencing seafood health hazard risks in the supply chains of artisanal and industrial fisheries in Senegal. This project is encompassed within the wider initiative by USAID Feed the Future, aimed to apply food safety situational analysis (FSSA) of food safety conditions (hazards, risks, drivers, impacts), not just in seafood but in a variety of other basic foods as well (including vegetables, grain, and dairy products).
As a coastal developing country Senegal relies highly on its marine resources. About 50% of the population lives in the coastal zone, and fisheries provide over 75% of their animal protein intake. Indeed Senegal has the second highest per capita fish consumption in Africa (36 kg year−1) (Belhabib et al 2014). Thus, it is of vital importance to ensure that seafood consumption does not involve health hazards to the population.
Furthermore, fish processing remains an important source of employment and economic (and food) security. Many fishmongers and local-level fish intermediaries are women. The fish processing for the domestic market is also majoritarily carried out by women (femmes transformatrices de poisson). Thus, traditionally processed fish (such as Sardinella and other small pelagics) is not only a crucial source of nutrients but also a key component of family’s livelihoods along coastal communities.
Belhabib, D., Koutob, V., Sall, A., Lam, V. W., & Pauly, D. (2014). Fisheries catch misreporting and its implications: The case of Senegal. Fisheries Research, 151, 1-11. Available at: https://bit.ly/2Vv86oy