Fishmongers call for the enforcement of fishing laws

By
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
a Change.”

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 Region.

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
international market.

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.

GNA

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