Magazine article New Internationalist

Pollution Struggle

Magazine article New Internationalist

Pollution Struggle

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Residents from a coastal village in the Gambia are suing a Chinese-owned fishmeal plant accused of pollution.

Campaigners say Golden Lead's chemical waste pipe runs directly into the sea at Gunjur beach, a protected reserve that lies an hour south of the capital Banjul.

Pollution is not the only problem posed by the factory. Village representatives say the price of bonga fish, the main ingredient of the fishmeal exported as animal feed to China by Golden Lead, has gone up for locals since the factory opened in 2016.

'They are using the affordable fish, which impoverished people depend on,' explains environmental activist Badara Bajo.

'Golden Lead pay better than the local market so it has reduced the amount that fishermen [sic] send to the market,' says Madi Jobarteh, a local activist. 'Often the fishmeal factory cannot use all of the fish because some get spoiled when they are in the trucks, and so then they just get dumped on the beach. …

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