Sherry Suspends Fishing Vessels

THE MINISTER of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development (MoFAD), Ms. Hanny Sherry Ayittey, has suspended fishing with tuna vessels and trailers for two months to enable fingerlings to mature.

She called at the Tema Traditional Council (TTC) to interact with the fishermen in the metropolis, foster cordial relationship and sensitize them on good fishing methods.

She lamented the illegal fishing methods being used by some fisher folks, noting that under the law, people are not supposed to use DDT, dynamite, light and pair-trawling as methods of fishing.

According to her, not only is the practice harmful, but it is fast killing the industry, and so the steps taken were meant to safeguard the industry to enable all fishermen stay in business.

Ms. Ayittey said years ago, when they were not using such methods to fish, players in the industry were always having bumper harvests, to the extent that fish species such as herrings and salmon became common on the Ghanaian market.

She debunked the attribution of less catch to superstition, mentioning bad fishing management and attitude as the sources of the wanton destruction of the country’s territorial waters.

According to her, the ministry would be building a landing site to ease the congestion at the Tema Fishing Harbour and boat yard. People would also be trained on boat building, adding that cold stores would be provided at the Tema harbour.

Nii Adjei Kraku I, chief of Tema, assured the minister of his collaboration to educate fishermen to adopt proper methods of fishing.

From Vincent Kubi, Tema

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