It seems that the measures announced by the head of state to oppose illegal immigration do not satisfy the coordinator of the civic forum Birahime Sek. At the Council of Ministers yesterday as a reminder, the head of state insisted on the ministers concerned and the defense and security forces, on the imperative and systematic need to strengthen the systems for surveillance and control of the national maritime space. , and especially on the coast, with an emphasis on the fishing areas that are the main starting points for illegal migrants. He also urged the government to pay more attention to economic revitalization and the social situation of the population in the fishing areas. But for Seck, the head of state seems to be misinformed or he refuses to see the reality.
« In Senegal, we are used to saying that the President of the Republic is the most informed person. Reading the press release of the Council of Ministers of November 18, 2020, we wondered if the President of the Republic had the right information about the root causes of the poor living of fishermen and the death despair of young people. It may be a refusal to see the catastrophic reality that people live in the waters. Mr. President of the Republic, the Government can well raise awareness of maritime safety, establish a system of surveillance and control of the maritime area (content of the public statement), not to prevent industrialists from plundering our resources, but “to try to distract passengers from the canoe.” The coordinator of the civic forum first wrote in a press release. He adds“The government will also be able to build fishing ports, develop modern processing areas, refrigerators for storing fishery products, provide life jackets, outboard engines, refrigerated trucks, geolocation artisanal fishing canoes and replace wooden canoes.” “Canoe fibers (content of the press release), fishermen in need of raw materials, will continue to suffer from martyrdom for mismanagement of our fishing resources and our country mourning the victims of illegal immigration caused by a lack of employment.” .
The problem that must be solved, says Birahime Sek, the problem with the availability of fishery resources. According to him, fishermen can no longer find fish due to poor or lack of resource management policies, which is illustrated by the paparazzi of research and the systematic and illegal robbery known to all. players. Senegal, he said, must adopt a truly transparent and sustainable policy to conserve its fisheries resources by researching as an engine for assessing resource availability in real time. ” Research suffers and suffocates due to lack of resources. Senegal needs to control its stocks before considering a fishing license or signing agreements with countries or shipowners. “Balaa nganan nam nefa, te balaa ngaj laaks diaja laaks lek”. “This route would prevent our young fishermen from being killed in Mautania or paying high fines in Guinea-Bissau or Liberia.”
Finally, Birahime Sek will say, there is also a need for a real strategy to protect artisanal fishing, which continues to suffer from industrial fishing attacks. ” We need maritime and naval capital to calm the fishermen and hope for the tide of the waves of irregular emigration of fishermen from Mbur, Kayar, Saint Louis or Tiaroye … especially for the young people in general, because it turns out that the main captains the canoes and / or passengers are fishermen They say.
« In the absence of fish, Mr. President of the Republic, what would be the use and importance of fishing ports, refrigerated trucks, refrigerators for storing fishery products, glass-plastic canoe life jackets? , for fishermen, for women processors, for consumers and for taxpayers to the public treasury? Asks the same source.
Conservation of fishery resources to ensure their availability and protection of artisanal fisheries are key preconditions for guaranteeing a sustainable and profitable income for the fisheries sector, the state, stakeholders and citizens, concluded Birahime Sek.