UK Ambassador to The Gambia David Morley recently undertook a field visit with British Embassy project partner ‘TRY Oysters Women Association’ to view British Embassy funded sustainable oyster sites in Tanbi Wetlands National Park.
The British Embassy Banjul has provided funds to TRY Oysters Women Association to develop sustainable oyster production in 5 communities throughout the Tanbi National Wetlands Park. The funds will teach 5 different communities how to grow oysters on sustainable bamboo structures located within the river Gambia, eliminating the need for the female oyster growers to harvest and damage the fragile mangrove ecosystem.
It is estimated over 300 female oysters growers will benefit from the project with communities at Abuko, Kartong, Ebo town and Faji Kunda all involved. The sustainable eco-friendly method of harvesting oysters can increase oyster production by more than 10 times resulting in significantly improved livelihoods for the female oyster growers.
Commenting, Ambassador Morley said –
‘I was delighted to be able to visit project sites in the Tanbi Wetlands and witness for myself the good work that the award winning TRY Oysters Women Association are doing in promoting sustainable oyster production which helps maintain and protect the important mangrove ecosystem. Today’s visit showed the difference that well researched interventions can make to communities all across The Gambia and I wish the female oyster growers and TRY Oysters lots of future success.’