Fishing activities

Residents of the Volta region want light fishing activities stopped

Some members of the Volta Regional Branch of the Ghana Canoe Fishermen Council (GCFC) are concerned about the recent illegal light fishing activities plaguing the coastal areas of Keta, Denu, Aflao and other coastal towns in the region.

The situation, they say, is becoming too rampant and thus negatively affecting trade activities. Some locals who have had a conversation with the media have noted that there are recalcitrant fishermen and net owners who have refused to respond to calls from the Minister and Council officials to end illegal light fishing in coastal towns.

According to them, more than 50 boats are seen at sea operating with light and dangerous green chemicals, especially at night, thereby destroying fish in the sea.

Some residents who spoke on condition of anonymity noted that some fishermen were using dangerous methods at sea, even though the minister has banned such activities.

One of the chief fishers allegedly involved in light fishing activities in Ketu South, Mr. Francis Bedzo, when contacted, confirmed the act but noted that the people accusing him and his colleagues are also involved in other forms of illegal fishing activities.

Francis Bedzo noted that they only did light fishing twice a month from November to January, but had to stop when people started accusing him of illegal fishing activities.

The Ketu South District branch of the Ghana Canoe Fishermen’s Council (GCFC) has implored the government to outright ban the use of light in the country’s waters in order to save the fishing industry from the collapse.

The council said it expects the government to back its stated commitment to address the threat with action.

He alleged that light fishing is being practiced in the Greater Accra, Central and Western regions long after being reduced in the Volta region.

It is the hope of residents and worried fishermen that light fishing activities will be banned as soon as possible.

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