Kayar is a village located 60 km north of Dakar. Artisanal fishing is the main activity of Kayar. This village is one of the largest fishing centers of Senegal. Each evening hundreds of long canoes, with motley flanks, unload on the beach tons of fish that will feed the population of the peninsula of Cape Verde. Beach that immediately transforms into a real market, a festival of sounds and colors.
It is the most impressive place to observe the canoes when they return towards the shore around 17h00, especially when they throw themselves in the foam of the bar, a real liquid wall between the ocean and the beach.
This village stretches along an immense beach along the road, after passing on the left a few huts of pale straw, the last vestiges of the small fishing port before 1990. Today, barracks in blocks and the multitude of small shops are the image of many villages that explode at the same time as the demography. It is here, in one of the main artisanal fishing ports of the country, during the dry season, that it is necessary to wait for the return of the fishermen, when they throw themselves in the foam of the bar, real Liquid wall between the ocean and the beach.
Shortly before reaching the bar, the frail skiffs slow down, then rush with the maximum speed to cross this delicate passage. The slightest error would mean loss of cargo or perhaps worse. Hundreds of long canoes, with motley flanks, come back together, overflowing with still wriggling holds. Near the fishing pier, women are waiting, sitting on a small wall, the bush taxi that will bring them back with their vast basket baskets filled with fish. There are many large sardines and trumpet fish. If practiced almost throughout the year, the main fishing season, which concentrates a large number of pirogues, lasts from December to January.
South of the fishing pier, after the shops, you will arrive at the dock of transformation. There, the women salted, and then dried in the sun thousands of fish laid on racks. The smell is startling. On the side, bags filled with dried fish are waiting to leave for Togo, thousands of kilometers away.
IMAGES: Impressive return of fishermen to the port of Kayar