28. Close up, fish steaks
29. Wide shot, Abdirizak Omar Mohamed, Minister of Natural Resources
30. SOUNDBITE (English) Abdirizak Omar Mohamed, Minister of Natural Resources:
“ We don’t have coast guard to guard our sea, so because of that there is a lot of illegal
and unregulated fishing taking place in our sea. We have nor the means nor the capacity
to do anything at this time, but it’s within the policy of the
government to address that
31. Wide shot, workers at the Somali National Fishing Company preparing fish for export
32. Med shot, workers packing fish for export
33. Close up, ice being put into the box
34. Wide shot, export box being sealed
35. SOUNDBITE (English) Hassan Warsame Noor, Marketing & International RelationsManager, Somali National Fishing Company:
were sending to up to five countries before, now we have minimized only to onecountry Turkey. Since there is no transport from here to Turkey, although there is no
transport from here to Turkey, yes there is a Turkish airline, but they don’t have a fridg
eand cargo site in that airline. Because of that what we do is that we take the fish fromMogadishu to Nairobi, our product transits in Nairobi for sometimes hours an hours, after that we get a flight from Nairobi to Turkey. Every person can imagine how i
t’s difficult tokeep the fish for that time.”
36. Wide shot, workers taking fresh fish steaks to the cold room
37. Med shot, cold room at the Somalia National Fishing Company
38. Med shot, packed fish in the cold room
39. Wide shot, tilt of frozen fish
It’s early morning in Mogadishu and fisherman in the Somali capital are bringing their catch in to the harbor. Somalia’s 3,300 kilometre coastline
the continent’s longest
gives the country’s fishermen access to over 400 different species of fish
in both theIndian Ocean in the east, and Gulf of Aden in the north.
But decades of insecurity has made it difficult for most fishermen here to cash in on their
country’s rich fish stocks.
“The equipment we use, like the boats, was inherited from our fat
hers. They are not new,our fathers used them and now we are using them. You would not dare get into any of
them, because they’re very old and you would be scared for your life, but we use thembecause that’s how we make our living,” says Mohammad Muzee, o
ne of the mostlyartisanal and small-
scale fishermen that operate in Somalia’s waters.
In the 1980’s the government of former president Siad Barre created fishing
cooperatives and legislation to regulate and develop the sector, as well as manage itsfleet of five fishing trawlers operating in Kismayo and its other ports.
But like most of country’s infrastructure and economy, the fishing industry wasdevastated during the civil war that followed Barre’s ouster in 1991. Pirates took charge
of many stretche
s of Somalia’s coastline and foreign trawlers were seen fishing here
illegally as the transitional government battled al Qaeda-linked group al Shabaab for control of the country.