The impact of Covid-19 pandemic on artisanal fishery sector, and Coastal fishing communities in The Gambia

  • Ebrima K. Ceesay University of the Gambia - Gambia
  • Momodou Mustapha Fanneh University of the Gambia, Banjul - Gambia
  • Mohamed Ben Omar Ndiaye University Cheikh Anta Diop (UCAD), Dakar - Senegal
  • Assane Beye Université Cheikh Anta Diop, Dakar - Senegal
  • Christopher Belford University of the Gambia, Serrekunda - Gambia
  • Tumani Sanneh University of the Gambia - Gambia
Keywords: The Gambia; Social and economic; Management; SSF; “Tanji’’; artisanal fishery sector; COVID-19 pandemic.


The Objective of the article is to comprehend the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the artisanal fishery sector, and Coastal fishing communities in The Gambia. We carry out qualitative research with a structural questionnaire in which we interviewed selected fish men in the coastal area in the Gambia. The study used a simple random sampling technique, in which from the target population of 6000 people, we selected 384 people randomly as our sample size using the “Yaro Yamane Statistical Formula". The statistical methods used in this study are descriptive statistics, correlation, and Ordinary Least Square (OLS) Method for the analysis. There is a weak negative correlation between the revenue generated from fishing and the management level (correlation coefficient of -0.3561). Despite the covid-19 pandemic, there exists a strong positive correlation between demand for the fish product in the domestic market and revenue generated from fishing (correlation coefficient of 0.7843). Therefore, policymakers should look at the management of fishing to improve it and try to establish a good local market for fishermen to sell their fish products.


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Author Biographies

Ebrima K. Ceesay, University of the Gambia - Gambia

Ph.D. candidate in Economics Sciences at West African Science Service Center for Climate Change and Adapted Land Use, Cheikh Anta Diop University of Dakar (UCAD), Senegal.

Momodou Mustapha Fanneh, University of the Gambia, Banjul - Gambia

University of the Gambia, Banjul, the Gambia.

Mohamed Ben Omar Ndiaye, University Cheikh Anta Diop (UCAD), Dakar - Senegal

Professor of economics, University Cheikh Anta Diop (UCAD), Dakar, Senegal.

Assane Beye, Université Cheikh Anta Diop, Dakar - Senegal

PhD. Lecturer-Researcher Université Cheikh Anta Diop, Dakar, Senegal.

Christopher Belford, University of the Gambia, Serrekunda - Gambia

School of Business and Public Admin, University of the Gambia, Serrekunda, Gambia.

Tumani Sanneh, University of the Gambia - Gambia

PhD Candidate, University of Lahore, Defense Road, Pakistan. Lecturer in Economics at the University of The Gambia.


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How to Cite
Ceesay, E. K., Fanneh, M. M., Ndiaye, M. B. O., Beye, A., Belford, C., & Sanneh, T. (2022). The impact of Covid-19 pandemic on artisanal fishery sector, and Coastal fishing communities in The Gambia. Religación, 7(33), e210932.