Justina Paaga, GNA
Agona–Nkwanta (W/R), Aug. 30, GNA – Fishmongers in the Western Region, have
called on the Fisheries Commission to
enforce the implementation of the marine
and fishing laws to help
curb the depletion of fish stock
in the sea.
They said their livelihood depends greatly
on the sea and everything possible should be done to protect the sea to prevent
them from going out of business.
The fishmonger made the call during a day’s
Networking and Award ceremony for fisheries management groups drawn from
Dixcove, Ankrobra, Shama and Agona-Nkwanta on the theme: “Collective Voice for
The programme organised by DAASFIF-Quality
Foundation in collaboration with Sustainable Fisheries Management Project was
attended by more than 400 fishmongers, market queens and chief fishermen from
The participants expressed concern about
pair trawling, the use of light and dangerous chemicals in fishing and asked
the fisheries Commission to acquire machines and equipment, which could be used
to detect fish that are caught through the use of chemicals.
They also expressed unhappiness about the
use of unapproved fishing nets and asked that fishermen be educated on the
effects of such practices.
They suggested the need for a networking
team along the fish landing beaches to report fishermen who sell unwholesome
fish for the necessary action to be taken.
Mrs Gifty Baaba Asmah, Executive Director of
DAASGIFT-Quality Foundation, said it is the aim of her outfit to improve the
lives of fishmongers and urged them to adopt hygienic and quality fish
processing methods, which would enable them produce quality fish for the
She said everything is being done to stem
the reduction of fish stock in the sea and advised the fishermen to desist from
the practice of using unapproved fishing nets and dangerous chemicals such as
DDT in fishing.
Mrs Asmah advised the fishmongers to always
endeavour to keep the landing beaches clean and buy
wholesome fish for processing.
She announced that her outfit would soon
introduce new and affordable fish smoking stoves dubbed “Ahotostove”, which
would help improve upon fish smoking for the international market.