18th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest People
Senegalese fishermen

Fishing and associated activities provide around 600,000 jobs in Senegal. But decades of mainly European and Asian trawlers scouring its coastline have meant that its waters have been overfished. As fish run out, artisanal fishermen are building larger boats to go further out to sea, making overfishing even worse. Rising world prices and demand for fish have encouraged small scale fishing to expand in spite of the smaller catches being landed. In addition, Senegalese fishermen have ventured further up and down the Coast of West Africa in search of fish, catching lower value species and fishing in neighbouring countries' territorial waters. One result of the small scale fishing expansion is many of the highest value coastal demersal fish stocks are severely depleted and facing rapid decline unless effective fisheries management is introduced. These pictures show the activity at Fadiouth ´s coast when the boats download the daily catch.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 10.2019
Date Uploaded: 11.2020
Photo Location: Fadiouth, Senegal
Camera: NIKON D3S
Copyright: © José A. López Soto