Ocean and Women


Ocean holds almost 97% of all the water resources on the earth planet. Every year statistic shows that the size of the ocean kept increasing as the land side reduces. As far as Women as Ocean is concerned, they have saved much life in my local area named Limbe, Cameroon. Women get up in the morning and prepare food for the family and ready themselves for fishing. What a man can do, a woman can do better. So the fish are being fished and exported to the high grace land for consumption. Some women are being employed only for preparing the fish and ready them for sales. Others purchase fish around the ocean selling point and walk around the neighboring town and distribute them for wholesales. This is save as a source of food and wealth to the people of area, including my family. People travel from other parts of the country and the neighboring country to purchase fish from my women. The ocean is a place where fresh air and positive thinking about life, lovers, family problems are being solved. The ocean banks serve as a touristic side and a market for many people in the area, specially women.


Fishing today has brought good memories to my family. Educational, healthiness today in my area is because of the women's fishing organization (Limbe Women Fishing Community - LWFC). This community has helped many of our generation, both male and female, to further their education and work in big offices. My sister is working today because of fishing. These communities have helped many people to educate the youths to a greater level like university. At times, the ocean overflows its banks and carries fish to the land and women and men fight over it for their life. It is a continue business from our generation to generation.


The tradition of my community is that women who fish put aside a certain quantity they give to the palace. This is to have traditional protection in the ocean when they are fishing. Smaller taxes are been placed onto the women than men for the development of the area, like for road construction to facility transportation of fish to the markets. Every year the fishing women have a fishing festival cerebration for the almighty god to provide good catching of fish on their net the next season. And to protect the women from any accident during fishing.

Air from the ocean purifies the climate for the good living of my people. The research on nature is that good air came from the ocean and provided a favourable climate for the people. The culture still remains constant as many people believe in the tradition before going fishing. The ocean women should organize a conference for the women to work with happiness for the development of the country. The scientific method of fishing should be provided to some part of the ocean area where fishing is being considered as a source of income. Some women lack good roads to transport fish to the market, so ocean women should organize a national union worldwide for the greater improvement of fishing technique. 



The size of the fishes caught on the nets should be controlled in order to protect the fishes' life cycle in the ocean. Sometimes, the ocean will overflow and destroy people's houses and animals. So people should not stay around the ocean. Fishing and animal raising is the only culture in my area. Every year some people lose their lives for fishing or by dangerous animal living in waters.

Since I was born, I have been living with fishing as our source of income and I hope the ocean women will ameliorate our fishing area, why not as a touristic attraction site. Our ocean bank has become one touristic site as women and men came from distant places for swimming and to see how women fish and provide food for the children.

My imagination for the future world is that women fishing in my area should create an organization to create interrelationship with other ocean fishing areas for the exchange of ideas. In some ocean areas, women fish with baskets because of poor way of living who need to have a greater technique for fishing. The ocean women should organize a union to protect the fishes in the water because plastic, rubber and paper are being dumped in some area in the river, which are then transported to the ocean. In the ocean the plastic can react with acidic nature of the ocean and kill many fishes and animals. Below are some pictures of plastic dump in waters.



Plastic in ocean



Kumbu Tracy Kwendun

Category: Children

12 Years

COSBI (Complex School Bilingual Emmaus), Yaounde