The fishing community in Jamestown has expressed their displeasure in the government's one- month fishing ban which is set to commence on Tuesday, August 7, 2018.
The Minister of Fisheries, Elizabeth Afoley Quaye has announced a ban on fishing activities in the country to protect the fishes before harvesting.
Speaking to GIJ online news, the fishermen at Jamestown shared their concerns about the effects of the ban on their livelihood.
A 43 year old fisherman, James Kotey said that he expected the government to have consulted with them before the announcement of the ban.
"If the government had asked us what we think about the ban, we would have told him we weren't prepared therefore he should postpone it to the next harvesting season."
Another fisherman by name Oblitey Commey also lamented that "this ban is going to affect my money. I was looking forward to save for this year's Homowo but it looks like I'll be broke throughout."
He further stated that "this ban would not only affect us but the entire country at large. We would no longer sell to the restaurant owners…”
Touching on the issue, the Secretary of the Ghana National Canoe Fishermen Council (NCFC), Samuel Commey added that "the fishermen sometimes go for loans and this ban would make it difficult for them to pay since they won't be working. The creditors would come here and make noise."
He however asked the fisher folks to remain calm as the management of the council is meeting the government to address the challenges.
Source: Abigail Bonney/ L300JN