Japanese NGO to provide training to artisanal fishermen and fish sellers in Praia, Cape Verde

9 January 2013

The Overseas Fishery Cooperation Foundation, a Japanese non-governmental organisation, plans to fund training to improve working conditions for around 600 fishermen and 400 fish sellers working at the Praia fishing port, online newspaper A Semana reported.

“The project funded by the Japanese foundation aims to improve and provide greater value and quality to fishing products, increase competitiveness and income for fishermen and fish sellers,” said José Maria Santos, director of the fishing port.

Santos also said that after 31 March hygiene and presentation conditions at teh Praia fishing port would improve.

He also noted that the Ngo, as well as providing training, would offer fishermen and fish sellers equipment worth almost 17 million Cape Verdean escudos.

Every day more than 1,200 people use the fishing port, including fishermen, fish sellers, staff, customers and others. Dozens of semi-industrial and artisanal fishing vessels moor at the port and unload up to 5 tons of fish per day.

The fishing port of Praia was built in 1992 using Japanese financial aid. (macauhub)