The Omanhene of Edina Traditional Area, Nana Kodwo Conduah IV, at the first general meeting of the Central Regional House of Chiefs in Cape Coasthas called on the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture to immediately lift the ban placed on fishing activities by the government.
According to Nana Conduah IV, the ban is in breach of an earlier agreement the ministry struck with the fishermen to ban fishing from May to June which has already been complied with by the fishermen.
He said the fishermen are perplexed by the sudden turn of event by the ministry as July-September is their bumper season and it will be disastrous for the government to place another after the April-May ban.
“It’s not just my community, but all others. It’s only fair that the fisher folks were involved in such decision making. We can’t take this and don’t know how to survive in this closed season,” the chief stated.
He again indicated that, the directive will render his fishermen poor in living condition, and live them in bad condition of life.
The aim of the ban on fishing by the Ministry is to create good awareness and also reduce pressure that comes with fish stocks.
The Control and Surveillance at the Fisheries Commission, Navy, Marine Police and the Fisheries Enforcement Unit will conduct regular patrols on Ghana’s waters to ensure adherence to the directive.