Some canoe owners and fishermen in Cape Coast in the Central Region have accused government officials of owning Chinese fishing vessels used for inappropriate fishing on the coastal sea and lying to them on the ban on fishing.
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The practice according to the fishermen, this has
contributed to the excessive harvesting of fish posing danger to the fishing
industry in the area.
In an exclusive interview with MyNewsGh.com, the fisher folks said despite government’s one month ban on fishing, some Chinese fishing vessels are still in the business of fishing.
They further called for a ban on the use of Chinese fishing
vessels on the sea.
Government has imposed a one month ban on all fishing
activities in the country with effect from May 15 to June 15, 2019.
The closed season is meant for all fleet comprising of
canoes, inshore boats and trawlers, revealing that there is no truth in
government’s explanation of measures put in place to increase fish stock.
They also accused government of compromising some stakeholders and chief fishermen along the coastal areas to agree to observe the closed season.
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According to the aggrieved fishermen, the increment of
outboard motors and premix fuel as well as ban on fishing has collapsed the
fishing industry and called on government to do everything possible to revive
the fishing industry as soon as possible.
Source:MyNewsGh.com/Asana Gordon, 2019
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