The techniques used by local fisherfolks to handle fish before they get to the market are decades old but will they still pass the test of modern standards of food safety?

This is the question these shots for this week’s ‘Photo of the Week’ seek to answer.

Fisherfolks typically handle fish in an unhygienic environment before they reach the market and subsequently on our dinner tables.

This Teshie-based fisherman dries fish on the bare, sandy floor at Teshie Nshorna in the Ledzorkuku Municipality of the Greater Accra Region. This food is exposed to multiple unsanitary factors before it is dried. 

After it is dried, the fisherman sweeps the fish with a broom – a broom that may have swept other parts of his house – before packing them for the market.

We can only hope for the best.