Global Fish Crisis | Still Waters, National Geographic Magazine: Drying Fish Where the Sahara Meets the Sea | Senegal, Africa

Drying fish seem to be swimming across the Sahara.  This is where the Sahara meets the sea in St. Louis, Senegal. Senegalese are the fishermen of Africa.  They look from their boats into the desert and just see worthless sand.  A few miles north, the Mauritanian Arabs all look to the desert for their livelihood.  The Senegalese do illegal fishing raids into Mauritania because it has the same nutrient rich upwelling that makes this piece of ocean so fertile.  Fish are laid out to dry in a fisherman’s village right at the edge of the ocean in St. Louis, Senegal.  The authorities have been trying to get rid of this community, but the fishing is the most important aspect of St. Louis and these folks have fought off the government to stay here.

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