Western Region: Fishmongers Kick Against Illegal Fishing

Women’s groups dotted across the coastal lines of the six coastal districts of the Western Region have been asked to vehemently reject fish caught through illegal fishing practices.


Mr. Kofi Agbogah, National Activities Manager for USAID Sustainable Fisheries Management Project, has therefore tasked the women’s groups and shore-queens to form a formidable force to stop their male counterparts from adulterating and depleting marine resources.

He said this at an engagement session for representatives from the six coastal districts on the need to ensure compliance with the various regulations mooted to save the sea.

The women, who form an interface between the fishermen and the homes, are said to be a strong force in the fight against wrongful sea practices such as the use of dynamite, formalin, small nets and light fishing, among others.

“If your group rejects these catches over a period, then they will stand to reason and adapt to best practices,” he noted.
Mr Agbogah said promoting sustained compliance and enforcement of fisheries regulations had become imperative with regard to the rate of marine depletion and the looming danger ahead.

He in this regard encouraged all stakeholders to stand up in the fight against bad fishing methodologies.

Source: GNA/NewsGhana.com

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