Do you know how fish reach your plate?

Fishing is one of the main sources of the development of Conakry. Many years ago, the population of Conakry suffered because of the lack of ressources and equipments.

For some, the situation is getting better, but for some fishers, everything is the same as 30 years ago.

For example, in the port of Boulbinet, which is the port of the capital city, Conakry, the oldest guinean coast.

When we talk about docks, we see boats…

Alseny has been a carpenter for more than 30 years. To make a boat, he needs 20 planks and he needs one week when he has all the material. Sometimes, he spends 3 months without working. He receives personnal « orders », not from the government. When he started, he was doing it by himself, but after a few years, he made enough money to pay some « apprentice » to help him. Since he started, everything is going better for him. The boat brings him 20 to 50 millions.

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5Mohamed Dioubaté has been a fisherman since at a young age, in 1970, he started this job. During all these years he always did the same routine: fishing and selling. Dioubate is a very patient person because it is a very delicate job to make the net. He uses sewing net and needles. The number of sewing nets depends on the size of the one fishing net. It can take 2 to 3 days and it is a very difficult job, because all the meshes must have the same size and if the net is destroyed, it has to be fixed. When the net is ready, Mohamed and his friends go to the sea to catch fish. They are 20 fishermen in a little boat. They have to go in the middle of the sea because there, there is a lot of fish.

6They throw the net and they wait 10 minutes if there is a lot of fish ; sometimes they can wait a week when there are no fish. When the 20 fishermen arrive on dry ground, they show the fishes to the owner of the boat and he takes the one that interest him . The ones which are left will be shared between the fishermen. The owner of the boat can earn up to 1 million per day and the fishermen 150 000 GNF a day. Sometimes, they earn less than that. So, they have to ask people to help them to eat.

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Fish, in the heart of Guinean food / Au cœur de l’alimentation guinéenne

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During a Monday’s sunny morning our school trip occurred in boulbinet port, we have learnt a lot of things about sustainable fishing. And we promise, it’s very interesting!

First, we have met an old fisherman who spent his entire life here, since approximately the death of the Guinean president Sékou Touré in 1984. He said that he was forced to do this job because it was his brother’s one. We were asking him if he likes it, he answered yes even if it was his only option to feed his big family (he actually has 8 children and 3 wives!) because his salary is widely enough: about 300.000 GNF per day. Then, he talks to us about the fact that there’s solidarity and generosity between the fishermen around him, they even call him »papa ».

The old man, knitting the fishing net with his mates / Le vieil homme, réparant son filet avec ses amis
The old man, knitting the fishing net with his mates / Le vieil homme, réparant son filet avec ses amis.

He works the whole day, from 7AM until 6PM; he goes first at sea, in his canoe to fish then he returns to the port knitting the fishing net with his mates until the end of the day.

The fish that they gather is sold to the women in the big market of the port.

Foulematou, the fish seller lady / Foulematou, la marchande de poisson
Foulematou, the fish seller lady / Foulematou, la marchande de poisson

Foulematou Camara is one of them. This generous lady sells red carps, and barracudas for 100.000 GNF a fish. Her business is very thriving: she sells 20 fish and wins 200.000 GNF per day. She said that she’s forced to do this job, she has 6 children who are looked after by her sister, and her husband is a driver. The place where she works is free, she actually doesn’t have to pay it. It has been 10 years that she’s been doing this job like her mother did. What shocked us Continue reading Fish, in the heart of Guinean food / Au cœur de l’alimentation guinéenne