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Fished Out in Senegal: A Day Aboard a Fishing Boat

Like most fishing pirogues in Senegal, the Mansor Sakho has a young crew. Everyone but the captain and his first mate are in their teens and early 20s. One deckhand is 13.

Like most children everywhere in the world, they are voracious.

At 7.30am the fishermen raise high the plastic bags with their mess and wade to the pirogue single file through the green surf of dawn. They shinny up the stern, scamper the mahogany gunwales to the net hold amidships, and settle to eat their breakfasts.

Ernie R

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