Fishing in Bissau

Once the boats are done unloading, the crew can rest for a bit

This one kind of reminds me of the Market scene paintings from Haiti, and Ghana... 

These guys are preparing to go back out again. 

In the back, you can see the building where the fish is sold to shoppers and restaurant owners buy the fish

Some guys were fishing for crabs on the edge of the pier 

This boat was heading back out, just as we were walking off the pier

I am not sure where they're planning to put the fish, and wondering how they choose who wears a life jacket. 

I think the guy standing in the back is steering. 

Guinea Bissau is apparently known for its cashew nuts, but I think it should be know for its fish. While not its largest export, it certainly is its most lucrative and it provides employment to large numbers of people.  Fish seems to be lifeblood of Guinea Bissau.  Fish is fresh, plentiful and cheap here. It’s cheaper than vegetables, cheaper than meat, cheaper than chicken. And given how unreliable the store bought food can be (I have already managed to buy rotten or expired items) probably the safest thing to eat too…

Last weekend, we went to the port to pick up some fish. We were able to see the fishermen come in and sell its catch to a refrigerated truck that packed and carted the fish right on the deck. I loved watching the crowd form around to truck to pack the fish. I wanted to take pictures, but the whole area was too crowded, and it seemed unwise. 

We managed to walk and venture over to where small fishing boats were preparing to go out to sea. The fishermen were fit and looked like a hardworking group of people. The thing my friend and I wondered how such small crowded boats could bring in so much fish. I also couldn't help but notice the battered life jackets they were wearing and wondering how tough it must be to brave the elements in those tiny little boats that barely look sea worthy.  

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