Fishmongers gathered in Kent over the weekend to speak against attempts to frustrate Asian fishing vessels over the weekend.
At the gathering, the headmen and fishmongers spoke of how the establishment of a fishing company had brought development to the surrounding peninsular villages.
They were reacting to a recent NGO who had claimed that the Korean boats were fishing illegally and licensed by Sierra Leone.
In a swift reaction, the women converged on a Sierra Leone / Korean Chung Gaung and Peninsular Fishing Company establishment at Kent with a Sierra Leonean owning 51% shares.
The Sierra Leonean, Badara Turay explained that the Korean Government at one point when they had the grumblings, ensured that now all their boats were fitted with monitoring equipment which will show what they are doing in Sierra Leonean waters and that the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine resources headed by the Minister Alieu Pat Sowe also can see from their desk the activities of all fishing boats in the waters.
He also spoke of how the Chang Gaung and Peninsular Fishing company is now a success story because they have moved to Kent with Cold rooms and plans for a drier apart from other facilities that make people in the area and the fishing business prosperous.
He also spoke of how the Asian boats stood by Sierra Leone during the war years while the other European boats abandoned the company.
A fish monger Adama Kanu, who supplies Bo, Makeni and Kenema spoke of how fish has never been scarce since the Asian boats came back from the time when they were frustrated and their boats withdrew.
The youths and headmen called for the boats to stay while the women called on Government not to listen to any one who is trying to spoil their livelihood.
Tuesday April 15, 2014