NGOs working to revive dwindling fishing industry in Ghana

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Dixcove (W/R), May 30, GNA – Mr Kyei Kwadwo
Yamoah, Programmes Manager of Friends of The Nation, has called on fisher folks
to lend the required support to his outfit in the effort to revive the fishing
industry in fishing communities.

He said as the new fishing law comes into
force next year, it is our duty to equip stakeholders in the fishing industry
to take advantage of a training programme dubbed, “Evidence
Gathering” which seeks to empower fisher folks to gather evidence on
illegal fishing acts on the sea. 

Mr Yamoah was addressing a Visibility Durbar
for fisher folks, fish mongers and chief fishermen at Dixcove in the Ahanta
West Municipality of Western Region.

Dubbed, “Far Ban Bo”(Protecting
Fisheries Livelihoods),the four-year project is being implemented in Ghana by a
consortium of NGOs consisting of CARE, Friends Of The Nation(FoN) and Oxfam for
the period January 2017 to December 2020 with funding from the European
Union(EU).

The purpose of the durbar was to increase and
maintain visibility on “Far Ban Bo” Project and its activities and
re-sensitize the community on the Village Saving and Loan Association (VSLA).

As part of the programme, the NGO would train
an Illegal, Unregulated, Unreported(IUU) fishing practices committee and build
their capacity to handle special mobile phones, binoculars and other apparatus
to track illegal fishing vessels on the sea.

The training would also involve incentive
monitoring for the local committee and co-management which would afford the
local illegal fishing committee and fishing enforcement bodies to work hand in
hand.

Mr Yamoah said the training module would
empower the IUU fishing committee to gather enough evidence for the police to
effect arrest of illegal fishing.

He said some generators for light fishing have
been seized at Sekondi and appealed to the Police Command to expose illegal
fishing acts through a news conference to serve as deterrent to others.

The Programmes Manager said the NGO has formed
the VSLA to enhance investment spending to afford women the opportunity to
invest the monies they save in productive livelihood ventures such as vegetable
farming.

Sergeant Wonder Kpedator, the Head of the
Fisheries Enforcement Unit at the Fisheries Commission in Takoradi, advised the
fishing communities to form volunteer groups to track illegal fishing
activities.

He said a number of illegal fishing equipment
have been seized and some fisher folks arraigned before court.

Sergeant Kpedator entreated stakeholders to
comply with the fishing laws to help increase the fish stocks in the sea.

Nana Kwaku Dazie, the Chief Fisherman for
Dixcove, appealed to the NGO and the Fisheries Commission to enact a law which
would ensure that all Chief Fishermen would be culpable for illegal fishing
acts in their areas of jurisdiction.

Mr Timothy Amiah the Zonal Officer of the
Fisheries Commission  in Ahanta-West,
said  mono-filament  nets were still being used for fishing expeditions
and that more than 1,000 generators, nets for illegal fishing, have been seized
at the Western Naval Command at Sekondi.

GNA



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