Helping to empower a sustainable fishing industry to create jobs and economic development, replacing illegal activities in the Horn of Africa.

Somaliland is often associated with food shortages, poverty, internal conflicts, unemployment and migration. It is estimated that 60-70% of the young population in the Horn of Africa is unemployed. Piracy is another grave problem: according to Oceans Beyond Piracy, Somali criminal networks are still capable of sophisticated piracy attacks. In addition, over the past four years severe droughts have killed vast amounts of livestock, mainly camels and goats, traditional food sources for the whole Somali population and main generator of national revenue.

Since 2013, FairFishing, a non-profitable International Non-Governmental Organisation, has been working to develop a sustainable and thriving fishery sector in Somaliland, an untapped economic resource for the country, which has the potential to generate food security, create new jobs and provide an alternative source of income to those who undertake the road of illegal activities.

With the support of the Trafigura Foundation, FairFishing is implementing its sustainable fishery programme in the region of Berbera, Hargeisa and Burco. The organisation is laying the ground for a stable and systematic supply of fresh fish to mongers, restaurants and the main markets.

It also plans to stimulate the demand for fish in local markets through two initiatives. Its “Fresh Fish on the Dish” initiative aims at strengthening the quality and volume of fish on offer while the “Cool, Clean & Tasty” campaign, educates households and restaurant-owners about the benefits of eating fish and how best to conserve, clean and cook it.

Basing its ambitions on the impressive results achieved in Berbera in 2017 (where local fish markets generated a yearly turnover of USD 4 million), FairFishing expects to create 1,000 new jobs in the fishing industry and build this turnover to  USD 8 million a year by the end of 2020.

In 2018, over 100 new jobs were created thanks to FairFishing and 1,200 tons of fish was caught (30% more than in 2017).

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new jobs created


tons of fish caught in 2018

100 new jobs created
1,200 tons of fish caught in 2018

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