*‘Fish Meal’ is a work in progress project looking at the impact of international fish processing factories in the village of Sanyang, Gambia relating to food insecurity and environmental concerns. . Also considering the possibilities and limitations of photography as a medium to convey complex issues of growth and globalisation from a localised case study. 16mm movie film was also combined with audio interviews to give further voice to those photographed. The photographs consist of collaborative portraits plus environmental landscapes providing greater context.
The Chinese owned fish factory yards from the beach, affects tourism, pollutes the waters, creates a foul stench, disrupts livelihoods of traditional fisherman, & those processing and selling the fish (mainly women). Most worryingly draining the sea of fish stocks (already depleted by global warming) relied on as the villagers main source of protein. Strikingly the factory’s purpose is to process the fish into mulch, to ship back to China to feed factory farmed pigs. In the short space of time, I focused on the local fishermen, wrestlers, drum school & local proprietors most affected by the factory & opposed to it’s presence.
“West Africa’s most important fish stocks are in danger of being eaten away for animal feed, with no regional fisheries management policy in place to protect them.. Put simply the stock can’t cope with this pressure ..Without sardines, in a country like Senegal, there will be revolution”