The Tanji fish market in The Gambia is a about a half hour outside of Banjul, the tiny nation’s capital. It’s a busy place, even on a rainy day, with boats arriving from not only The Gambia, but Ghana and Senegal as well.
While much of the fish are immediately packed into ice filled baskets for restaurants in Banjul and other cities along the coast, some of the bonga (a staple fish, similar to shad), barracuda, tuna, suyo, crouper, and ladyfish are preserved on site. Low-roofed buildings throughout the market house wood burning ovens. Fish are carefully arranged on top of these ovens for smoking and drying, a process that usually takes about 5 days. Then these fish, too, are piled into baskets, covered with newspaper and packed into trucks to be sold throughout Western Africa.
To read more about innovations in fishing, fish processing, and fish markets, see: The Future of our Food System: Our Changing Climate and Food Availability, Fighting Two Battles with One Dialogue, Fishing for Innovations that Conserve Fisheries, Turning the Catch of the Day into Improved Livelihoods for the Whole Community, Tapping Local Ingenuity to Raise Fish and Livestock, Working with the Root, “Greening” Fisheries Could Calm Troubled Waters, and Fishing for Recognition and Support.