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Another Abundant Catch of Juvenile Fish In Tanji

There has been another abundant catch of juvenile fish at the Tanje fish landing site last Tuesday, December 22nd 2020, with many pointing fingers of blame on the Fisheries Ministry for allowing this to go on. The Fisheries Officer at Tanje Binta Colley, said juvenile fishing is against Gambian law and if anyone is caught in the process, the person will be taken to Court. In a question put to her by this reporter on the size of juvenile fish, Colley said juvenile fish should be 19cm and below; a

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Juvenile Fish Caught in abundance in Gunjur

On Saturday December 19th 2020, this reporter witnessed many boats disembarking their catches on the beach in Gunjur, comprising juvenile 'bonga' and catfish. This has been the trend since the opening of the Golden Lead Fishmeal Factory in November 2020, when most fishes that are caught and sold to the factory are juvenile fish. A fisher folk who spoke to this reporter anonymously said the authorities at the factory do not care, since they are getting what they want for their factory to operate.

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Land, Natural Resource Grievances and How to Redress Them

Welcome to another Edition of the Environment Column and in this edition, we will feature Land, Natural Resource Grievances and how to address them . In the Gambia, land grievances are becoming day-to-day occurrences and problems as Government strives daily through the Lands Commission, to settle these disputes between individuals and communities. Recent occurrences of such issues was the land dispute in Niamina, where the neighbouring villages of the two Sambangs (Fula and Mandinka), fought to

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Anti-Forest Fire Campaigners Frown Over Illegal Bulldozing of Bamboo Forest

Anti-forest fire campaigners on Friday 18th Decembers meet at the NACOFAG office in Brikama, together with Principal Forestry Officer and Plantation Section head of the Nyambai Forest Kebba Jammeh, and some committee members of the said association, to discuss the illegal bulldozing of the bamboo forest by one Modou Jammeh. The meeting which was held in the wake of the recent bulldozing of 150 x 80 m of the Bambo forest, was the second time the plantation has suffered such an illegal act from Mo

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REDD Consultation on Conservation of Mangrove Ecosystem Projection in The Gambia

Welcome to another Edition of the Environment Column and in this edition, we will talk about the consultation meeting on the conservation of the mangrove ecosystem in the Gambia, through REDD called the REDD + Mechanism project held at local hotel. The aim of the project is to conserve part of the country's mangrove ecosystem that covers a surface area of 519.11km square (519.11ha) and serves as live support system to Gambians and the world at large. Among the services provided is the provision

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BAMBOO FOREST BULLDOZED YET AGAIN

Another area of the Bamboo forest measuring 150m 80m, has been bulldozed yet again by the same land dealer called Modou Jammeh. This is another extension to the previous area earlier bulldozed by the same land dealer. When contacted to shed light on this new destruction of an area of the bamboo forest by Modou Jammeh, Mr. Kebba Jammeh, the Principal Forestry Officer and head of the Technical Unit of the Department of Forestry, said Modou was found with a hired bulldozer eagerly razing to the g

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''Warmer Weather Conditions Will Prevail Till November'' Chief Forecast Officer at Metrology Department

Because land surfaces heat faster than ocean surfaces, deserts are expanding and heat waves and wildfires are getting more common. Surface temperature rises also cause a rise in sea levels, thereby destroying many coastal settlements. In this edition of the Environment Column, we will bring you an interview which this Columnist had with the Chief Forecast Officer at the Metrology Department on the extreme heat wave that the sub-region now experiences, current weather conditions, this year's rain

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Climate Change; Change in Rainfall Pattern; Inundations

Welcome to another Edition of the 'Environment', the Column that seeks to educate and inform the readership on issues that impacts on the environment and the livelihoods of the people who depend on it. In this edition of the Column, we will bring you the Situation Report on disaster incidents from the National Disaster Management Agency otherwise known as SITREP 3 . Every year disaster happens around the globe including the Gambia. Burnt bed and other furniture But this year's change in rainfall

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Government Urged to Be More Transparent With the Extractive Industry

The extractive industry in The Gambia has been operating for decades, but experts and anti-corruption advocates believe it's less transparent. In 2017, the mining and quarrying sub-sector grew by 5.7% after contracting 10.3% the previous year, according to the 2018 African Economic Outlook. The ministry of finance disclosed that from January 2020 to August 2020 over D511 million royalties was collected from fuel importation license. From January to June 2020, the royalties generated from mining

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