Volta Region fisherfolks urged to embrace sustainable fishing practices

Volta Region fisherfolks urged to embrace sustainable fishing practices
Volta Region Fisherfolks

Fisherfolks along the 's coastal belt have received a call to shift away from illegal fishing methods and adopt more sustainable approaches for their businesses.

The use of illegal techniques such as light fishing, chemicals, explosives, small mesh-size nets, and unregistered canoes has been discouraged by authorities.

Mr. Maxwell Lugudor, the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) for , emphasized the importance of adhering to established fishing laws. Speaking at the conclusion of the 2023 closed fishing season in Adina, he highlighted the need for marine police to help enforce regulations and maintain order on the sea.

“The closed season was implemented just for the benefit of our Fisherfolks,” he emphasized.

Mr Lugudor pointed out that illegal fishing not only threatens fisheries' sustainability but also harms biodiversity. He also urged the government to ensure a consistent supply of premix oil for fishermen to support their work.

During the event, Mr Moses Anim, Deputy Minister for Fisheries and Aquaculture Development, lauded fishermen for their compliance with the closed season regulations. He noted the participation of 278 landing beaches in 182 communities along the coast in observing the closed season.

Madam Mavis , Minister for Fisheries and Aquaculture Development, had announced the closed season from July 1 to July 31 for artisanal fishing, while industrial trawlers were to observe a two-month closure from July 1 to August 31.

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