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Fishermen urge Ministry of Fisheries to move closed season between May and June

June 26, 2024
Fishermen urge Ministry of Fisheries to move closed season between May and June

Fishermen at New in the Metropolis of the have suggested to the to move the closed fishing season period from July to between May and June annually.

That, they believed, was the best period where the fishes reproduced to effectively replenish the depleted fish stock after a year-long fishing expedition in the country's marine waters.

Nana Atoabo, the Spokesperson for Fishermen at New Takoradi, who spoke to the in an interview, said: “The essence of the closed fishing season is for the fishes to lay eggs and reproduce more, and for us, we believe that the best period to achieve that is between May and June.

“We want the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development to consider this and move the period from July to between May and June.”

On the impact of the directive on their livelihoods, he mentioned that the month-long ban on fishing activities brought economic difficulties to them and their families.

“This is our only means of survival, and so staying out of work for a month is very difficult for us and our families,” he said.

Nana Atoabo said though the government distributed some relief items to cushion them during the period, the items were not enough to sustain their households for a month.

He appealed to the government to put in place robust measures to ensure they had adequate food and other materials needed to keep them afloat until the ban was lifted when they could resume their work.

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