Takoradi Fisherfolks excited over the Opening of sea for fishing activities

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Nana Kwasi Oyeadom, the chief fisherman of Albert Bosomtwe Sam fishing harbor located in Sekondi a coastal area in the Western Region explained today on Kingdom Breakfast hosted by Osikani Frimpong Manso that the fishing activities at the ABS fishing harbor recorded an encouraging harvest after the opening season of the sea.

In an interview with Osikani Frimpong Manso today, he said to him that despite the quantity of fish collected, he cannot state emphatically that the closing season of the sea has been beneficial because commercial operation of fish in large quantities have not commenced.

He however charged the government and the authorities to be very vigilant in checking the activities of illegal fishing operators and the menace of the Chinese pair trawling’s.

“ The illegal operations at sea destroy and reduce the quantity and quality of fish, thus affecting our harvest and operation. We however believe that the Chinese fish operators are largely responsible for this unwanted act” he made this known in the interview.

He however aborts the claims by some fishermen who harvested plastic materials after the opening season. He assured that quantity of fish will increase as soon as commercial operation begins fully next week .

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The Fisheries ministry and Fisheries Commission have officially opened the sea for artisanal and inshore fishing activities to start effective June 16.

Sector minister, Elizabeth Afoley Quaye entreated fishing communities to desist from illegal light fishing.

Government this year closed the sea for one month starting from May 15 to June 15 as part of measures to regenerate the country’s fast-depleting fish stocks. Industrial trawlers would commence their close season from August 1 to September 30.

The onus is on all and sundry to safeguard the fisheries sector for posterity. We need to be law abiding to avoid all forms of illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing.

“The ban is being lifted but the laws prohibiting light fishing and use of obnoxious chemicals and unorthodox methods of fishing are still in force,” she stated.

Story By Samuel Siaw Kingdom FM, Takoradi

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