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The Ghana National Canoe Fishermen Council has expressed displeasure at the government’s plans to ban fishing for one month as declared by the Minister for Fisheries and Aquaculture Development Minister Elizabeth Afoley Quaye. They claim the ban will not produce the expected results.
The angry fishermen, wearing red bands and shouting, ‘it won’t happen’ ‘we won’t support the ban’ to demonstrate the burden they would face should the government carry out the intended plan.
At a press conference to demand answers from the government on what would be their source of livelihood during the ban, Nii Abeo Kyerekuandah IV, the executive secretary of the council expressed regret that stakeholders were virtually sidelined during the decision making process on the ban.
“Regrettably, there were no government and stakeholder engagement during the decision making process, we were rather sidelined.
“And so, we the council finds the decision of government to ban fishing objectionable and unacceptable,” he stated.
He said though the closed season stands as the effective and efficient means to check fish stock depletion, the timing for the closure is also unusual.
The council claimed, the President Nana Akufo-Addo has been wrongly informed about the issue and that was why he quickly supported the ban.
They called on the President to avert the decision on the ban and readdress the situation by setting up a committee with more level headed and experience members that would investigate the matter and come out with adequate recommendations for implementation.
“We passionately and fervently appeal to the President, Nana Akufo-Addo, to set up a committee, as a matter of urgency, with knowledgeable, experienced and level headed members to investigate and come out with appropriate recommendations for implementation,” they stated.
They say the one month long ban on fishing will negatively affect them because they do not have any other means of survival than fishing.
Source: Nii Aflah Sackey