Credit: Lo Oumy Seck (Senegal)
The photo shows a unit of cage farming in Senegal River. Cage aquaculture was first practiced at experimental level in Senegal in 1984. However, for variety of reasons, the outcomes during the early practices were not satisfactory. From the year 2000 onward, the practice witnesses some improvements as represented in cage structure as well as in the cage management. Such improvements led to higher productivity compared to earlier practices although still considered lower than expected. Nile tilapia, Oreochromis niloticus is the species currently farmed in cages in Senegal whereas small-scale operations adopted cage culture of tilapia. It is believed that the number of operated cages is on the rise.