Drop boulders into Ghana’s territorial waters to check trawling activities, fishermen appeal to gov’t

As part of efforts to revive Ghana’s marine resources, some fishermen at Elmina within the Komenda-Edina-Eguafo-Abrem Municipality have appealed to authorities to drop stunt-designed granite boulders into Ghana’s territorial waters to forestall massive industrial trawlers from depleting marine ocean ground endowment.

Based on them, stopping the observe of “backside trawling” – dragging heavy weighted nets alongside the seabed to scoop up fish – in Ghana’s territorial waters was the rationale for the fast depletion of the fish shares.

Marine sources serve necessary ecological capabilities together with organic range, fish and seafood provides, oil and gasoline, minerals, sand and gravel, renewable power sources, tourism potential and distinctive ecosystems like coral reefs.

The fishermen expressed these considerations in separate interviews on the impression of the ‘Closed Season’ at Elmina.

The Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Improvement in collaboration with the Fisheries Fee imposed the 2021 ‘Closed Season’ ranging from Thursday, July 1 to Tuesday, August 31.

The closed season is a method to cut back extreme strain and over-exploitation of shares within the marine subsector and to rebuild the depleted marine fish shares.

Making the attraction, Mr. Emmanuel Otabil, a fisherman in his early 60s mentioned dropping enormous boulders into the ocean is the most recent transfer by many nations to guard sea life.

It’s a band-aid resolution to backside trawling, an aggressive fishing methodology that indiscriminately sweeps up any marine life in its path, destroying total ecosystems.

Mr. Otabil bemoaned the fast depletion of marine shares and blamed it on authorities’s refusal to clamp down on unlawful fishing strategies akin to pair trawling, a lot to the detriment of the fortunes of native fishermen.

He mentioned growing actions of trawlers in Ghanaian waters and unlawful transshipment, popularly referred to as “Saiko” had disadvantaged many artisanal fishermen and others concerned within the artisanal fishing sector of their livelihoods and making them poorer.

The commercial trawlers goal the staple catch of artisanal fishers, harvest them and freeze them into pallets of fish and promote to brokers at excessive seas, who in flip promote to the fishing communities for earnings.

In the meantime, these fishes are the only protect of the artisanal fishers by legislation, he mentioned, including that “dropping boulders within the sea would cease trawlers dropping their nets within the space however not hurt the seabed’s marine life, which incorporates sandeels, crabs, and flatfish.”

“As we communicate, we’re in our main season of bumper harvest however there’s little or no or no catch in lots of fishing communities.

Mr Kojo Mensah-Abrampah identified that pair trawling was being completed on a regular basis all year long within the nation’s territorial waters and that it didn’t permit the fish to spawn.

“The trawlers run over the small fish in order that they don’t reside to develop for harvest. The trawler operators dump useless fish again to the ocean which drive away the fish to go very far so they need to be half too as a result of shut season is shut season,” he asserted.

Mr Samuel Kofi Entse, who described himself as an informed fisherman mentioned Saiko is a menace to the livelihood of over 2.7 million Ghanaians, together with 140,000 fishermen together with 1000’s of fishmongers, majority of whom are girls, merchants, canoe carvers, enter suppliers and fish carriers in addition to their dependents which represent 10 per cent of the nation’s inhabitants.

“Our seashore and environments are a part of the heritage bequeathed to us by our ancestors, and we now have an obligation to depart that heritage for many who are coming after us,” he mentioned.

Madam Sheila Abban, a fishmonger recommended the federal government for its perseverance to introduce the closed season and in addition applauded the fishermen for supporting the transfer and efforts at sustaining their livelihoods.

Nevertheless, along with the closed season, different measures like closed ocean territory or reserved fishing space must be adopted function breeding grounds to the fishing territory.

The GNA observed that the directives on the ban on fishing for inshore and artisanal fishers had been totally complied with by the fishing communities visited, and the standard hustle and buzzle on the seashore was absent.

The seaside appeared a pale shadow of itself with most of the fishers sitting idle, others repairing their canoes and nets to place them in good condition, whereas some had been packing their fishing gears for safekeeping.

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