DEVELOPING A FISHING INDUSTRY IN THE CONGO (BRAZZAVILLE). May, 1971.
Although relatively short, the 200-kilometre coastline of the Congo Republic (Brazzaville) is located in a region of considerable importance from the point of view of fisheries. Preliminary surveys indicate that coastal pelagic fish, particularly Sardinella, exist in commercial quantities in these waters. The Congolese market for fish is, as yet, quite small, but the Government plans to expand domestic consumption as well as exports to neighbouring countries by establishing an industrial complex at Pointe-Noire which will include a canning plant, a plant for salting, drying and smoking, and a fish meal plant. To develop such large-scale fisheries it is essential to assess the abundance and availability of the various species and to provide economic methods of exploiting them. With these ends in view, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), with FAO as executing agency, is assisting the Government through surveys, experimental fishing and the training of specialised staff.
Fishermen gather up nets used in catching Sardinellla.