Coastal Resource Center (CRC)

The Coastal Resource Center's (CRC) mission is to improve the governance of coastal ecosystems worldwide. CRC integrates participatory democracy with knowledge on how coastal environments and their people function and change, to promote equity and coastal stewardship.
Aug 8, 2014


A three day transboundary visit by the TRY Oyster Women Association to Southern Senegal oyster and cockle harvesting communities in the Allahein River estuary took place from the 9th to 11th January 2014.The delegation of TRY was composed of the Coordinator Fatou Janha, Coordinator of TRY Isatou Jarjue, Ebrima Jabang of the Department of Fisheries and Babanding Kanyi of the Department of Fisheries. The visit was funded under the USAID/BaNafaa project seed grant to TRY Association.
The delegation visited five communities: Niafarang, Kabadjo, Abene, Katak, and Donbondir. These communities are part of the Allahein Kafoo established in March 2013 during the initial joint meeting of communities sharing the Allahein River estuary shellfish resources, following a participatory rural appraisal (PRA) conducted in 2012. It comprises oyster and cockle harvesting communities from Sothern Senegal and The Gambia. The communities from Southern Senegal include Niafarang, Kabadjo, Donbondir, Katak, Mamouda and Boudouk. The communities on the Gambian side are Kartong and Berending. The oyster and cockle harvesters from both Southern Senegal and The Gambia share the oyster and cockle resources in the Allahein River estuary. The water body serves as a natural boundary between the two countries which has crossing points either by boat or on foot at low tide. Oyster and cockle harvesting has become the livelihood of peoples living near the Allahein River estuary since time immemorial. The fishery creates employment, income and revenue and provides food security as well. The importance of the Allahein River estuary to the peoples living near and beyond cannot be down played. However, the oyster and cockle resources are declining as a result of over exploitation and bad practice in oyster harvesting and cockle collection. Management measures put in place through the process of participatory eco-system based co-management are needed to reverse this trend to ensure a sustainable fishery. Because these Southern Senegal communities are engaged in oyster and cockle harvesting in the Allahein River estuary in Kartong in the Republic of the Gambia; thus sharing the oyster and cockle resources with Kartong. The shared stock of oyster and cockles requires implementation of a joint transboundary co-management strategy for exploitation of the fishery resources to ensure sustainable livelihood for both oyster and cockle harvesters on the two sides of the border.

Apr 4, 2014


The three day transboundary visit by the TRY Oyster Women Association to Southern Senegal oyster and cockle harvesting communities started on the 9th January to 11th January 2014.The delegation of TRY composed the Coordinator Fatou Janha Mboob, Secretary of TRY Isatou Jarjue,Ebrima Jabang of the Department of Fisheries and Babanding Kanyi of the Department of Fisheries.


The three day visit to six oyster and cockle harvesting communities in Southern Senegal by the TRY Oyster Women Association was very successful. All the six oysters and cockle harvesting communities were visited and meetings held. All the communities showed interest in the sustainable management of oyster and cockle fishery in Allahein estuary. They all acknowledged that the shared stock of oyster and cockle requires co management strategy for their benefit and future generation that will have a felt need for it. The communities agreed to collaborate with TRY to hold future meetings and reach consensus on management measures,bye laws and conservation of the mangrove ecosystem. The Department of Fisheries in Abene was visited and TRY was assured of their collaboration for the preparation of the Joint Transboundary Co Management Plan. The meeting with the Honorable Member of Parliament in Senegalese Government was a breakthrough for TRY.The Honorable Member pledged support and collaboration with TRY in all areas of sustainable development. She assured TRY that Government of Senegal will provide backstop to the initiative of TRY.


The entire report is attached.

Nov 15, 2013

Training of Oyster Collectors of TRY Association


The 6000ha of Tanbi Wetland Complex, a declared Ramsar site, happens to be one of the less disturbed mangrove stands on the West African coastline. It’s global and local significance and importance has been established in numerous studies; in addition to its rich biological diversity and protective role to important infrastructure along the coastline, it offers invaluable support to the livelihoods of the numerous communities that boarder it. These communities that are dotted on the fringe of Tanbi engage in oyster harvesting, cockle collection and fishing among others.

The primary aim of the training program was to strengthen the capacity of oyster harvester on simple techniques and methods of oyster culture. The training is limited to the oyster collectors with the sole aim of establishing a sustainable means of oyster culture system by constructing culture racks that will enable oyster women harvest oyster after 8-12 months. Oyster culture method is devoid of cutting-off whole plants or parts of mangrove during harvesting.

The training was conducted in the ethnic languages of Mandinka and Wolof for clarity and better understanding of the topics. The course required interaction among participants and with the trainer on exchange of experiences and points of view as some of the women have experience in oyster culture. The programme also included practical on oyster shell collection and punching of oyster shells for spat collection.


1. Strengthening of community based fisheries organizations (CBOs) TRY Association

2. Participants resolved to impart the knowledge gained from the training workshop to others

3. Participants resolved to embark on oyster culture through collaboration with development partners and   Government agencies


Oyster culture by TRY oyster women can serve as a sustainable livelihood to generate increased income for the women through annual harvest from the culture racks, which will ultimately improve their standard of living. The women have shown enthusiasm in the training sessions and have fully adopted the oyster culture technology in all the six communities. Oyster culture will allow them to spare time for other household activities in relation to wild harvesting which is time consuming due to long distance.

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