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Ghanaian fishermen have been cautioned by government against the continuous use of light and other illegal fishing equipment for fishing.
The caution, according to Government, has become necessary following the rampant usage of such equipment and materials for expedition despite several warnings and calls on them (fishermen) to refrain from it.
This was made known by the deputy Minister for Fisheries and Aquaculture, Francis Kingsley Ato Cudjoe, when he addressed fisherfolks
at Ekumfi Narkwa in the Ekumfi District of the central region on Friday.
According to the minister who doubles as the Member of Parliament (MP) for the area, he would not go to the aid of any Ekumfi fisherman who would be arrested for practising illegal fishing.
“My fathers, nephews, brothers and sons here, today’s event is to create awareness on illegal fishing activities increasing on our sea…..so I urge you all to let’s help the government to preserve our sea for us all….our sea is being destroyed by bad activities of some of us so let’s all fight the illegal activities going on on our seas…the sea is for us so why don’t we preserve it.
“But let me tell you that government has decided not to spare any fisherman who will be caught using light,DDT, [unapproved] nets and dynamite for fishing…when you’re caught, your canoe,net,generator and motor will be ceased;our men are on the sea patrolling so please I wouldn’t want any Ekumfi fisherman to be arrested because if you’re arrested and you come to me for my intervention, I will not go, and it is there that you will say that I’ve had a case and my MP did not come to my aid ;forgetting that I’ve advised you before,so please let’s do the right thing,” he noted.
The program, themed: “I Say No To Illegal Fishing”, was characterized with football match,ludo and draft competition between the fishing communities presented.
The chief fisherman of Ekumfi Narkwa, Nana Kofi Ketseaba, in an interview, assured that his outfit together with other chiefs and opinion leaders, would help government fight the canker.
He however bemoaned about the unavailability of premix fuel and called on the government to make free flow of it.
“We don’t get fuel for fishing…look at the canoes over there,more than 100….we can’t go for fishing because there is no fuel….for the whole month only one consignment has come so we beg the president that he should make free flow of the fuel”. Nana Ketseaba appealed.
The event was attended by prominent personalities including the DCE for the area, Bernard Bright Grant, Chiefs and fishmongers, among others.
Source: Kojo Ata Kakrah Abrowah || ghananewsonline.com.gh, Obrumankoma FM