On the other side of the estuary, Lungi airport is the only international airport in Sierra Leone but is penalized by the lack of a bridge across the large river.
Sierra Leone has sold an ecotourism destination for a Chinese fishing port after more than 100 hectares of pristine forest and beach at Black Johnson have been sold to a Chinese state-owned enterprise for the construction of a fishmeal factory. It is feared artisanal fishing and ecotourism in the region will come to an end. Industrial fishing is already unbalancing the sharing of catches, problem exacerbated by illegal, unregulated and unreported vessels. The project may jeopardize the entire nation’s food security where 80 percent of the country’s protein comes from fish and artisanal fishing is most coastal families’ mainstay.