Participants at a fisheries dialogue programme have called for the enforcement of all the fisheries laws in order to revive the industry which has the potential of feeding more than 3 million Ghanaians.

The participants drawn from fishing communities within the Ahanta West Municipal and the Shama district blamed the Fisheries Commission for the numerous bad practices on sea and onshore, including light fishing, the activities of Chinese fishermen on Ghanaian waters and the use of chemicals for fishing which have resulted in marine resource depletion.

Madam Emelia Abakah, one of the participants at a Regional Networking meeting for stakeholders in the Fisheries Sector implemented by Daasgift Quality Foundation, NGO with support from STAR Ghana therefore called for end to end enforcement devoid of political interference to uplift the industry.

She noted how in some jurisdictions the chief fishermen were resourced and given power to ensure sanity and called for same reinforcement for Ghanaian chief fishermen to control activities around sea.

The project by Daasgift which has entered its second phase is taking stock of phase one under which a constitution for promoting good governance at the shores have been drafted,

Mrs Baaba Asmah, the Executive Director of Daasgift said promoting fisheries governance through Gender Equality, fisheries law enforcement for a sustained livelihood was crucial.

Obrempon Hima Dekyi, Paramount Chief of Lower Dixcove called on the authorities and the fishing communities to work together to restore the fortunes of the industry.

Mr. Godfrey Tsibu, Regional Director of the Fisheries Commission took the opportunity to educate the group on the close season.

Mr. Daniel Adjei, A Director at the Regional Coordinating Council promised to table all concerns before the relevant bodies for redress.


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