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Togo’s new port a boost for small-scale fishing

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In 2021 Togo saw more than 4000 tonnes of about 30 different species of fish caught, which is an increase of close to 18% on the previous year. Image credit: Wikimedia.com

Togo’s new port a boost for small-scale fishing   

The new Lomѐ Fishing Port (POPEL) in Togo has resulted in a significant increase in the productivity of small-scale fishing in Togo.

POPEL offers a modern fishing setting in the industrial area of Gbetsogbe-Baguida, and has a capacity of 300 pirogues, and up to 8000 workers, including fisherman, processing workers and fishmongers.

According to the Togo Ministry of the Maritime Economy and Fisheries, 2021 saw more than 4000 tonnes of about 30 different species of fish caught, which is an increase of close to 18% on the previous year. The Ministry said in a statement that this is partly due to the attractiveness of the new port, which was officially opened in 2019.

The port, a collaboration between the Togolese government and the Japanese Cooperation Agency (JICA), took about 23 months to construct at a cost of more than USD32.5-million.

A modern market was added to the port in April 2021 to improve the working conditions of the workers. The market includes shops, locker rooms and an infirmary. “This is a way to allow workers to function in an appropriate environment and to make their activities as profitable as possible,” states Togo’s Ministry of Maritime Economy and Fisheries.

The fisheries sector in Togo employs nearly 22 000 people of whom close to 55% are women, and it generates about 4.5% of GDP. Togo wants to maximise its potential in this sector and in 2020created a department exclusively dedicated to the maritime economy.

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Togo’s new port a boost for small-scale fishing 

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