Minister cautions against destruction of marine resource

The Deputy Minister for Fisheries, Mr Aquinas Tawiah Quansah, has cautioned fishermen to desist from using unapproved methods of fishing which deplete marine resources.

“Do not let people perceive you as being your own enemy. If you do not get a good catch when you go fishing, you do not have to resort to bad methods to deplete the marine resources.”

Speaking to fishermen at Ankaful near Saltpond, Mr Quansah, who is the Member of Parliament for Mfantseman, said fishing was an age-long job which must be preserved for both the present and future generations so we must not use selfishness to destroy the resources.

Mr Quansah mentioned lighting, pair trawling, the use of dynamite and other explosives and the use of mesh nets for fishing as some of the bad methods which fishermen must desist from.

The deputy minister noted that the recent case about the depletion of fish in the Lake Bosomtwe must serve as a warning to fishermen to use our rivers and the sea judiciously if they want to continue in business.

“Fishermen have, through their own behaviour, made our rivers and the sea unprofitable,” the deputy minister said.  

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