Fishermen from Chokor in the Ablekuma South Constituency have pledged to collaborate with Government on its decision to close fishing activities for one month starting from August 7 to September 4, this year.

They appealed to fellow fishermen across the country to equally abide by the directives to secure their future and the next generation.

This was disclosed by the spokesperson for Chorkor fishermen, Nii Clottey at a press conference at Chokor.

According to the spokesperson, even though the closed season would bring about hardship, they have no option than to comply because the fishes are getting finished in the ocean.

The Government’s directive is a good move. It’s not true we are in support of the minority’s views on the ban.”

The Government, through the Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development, Hon. Elizabeth Naa Afoley Quaye, announced a one month closed season on all fishing activities in the country to take effect from August 7 to September 4, 2018.

The Minister explained that the closed season is meant for all fleets comprising canoes, Inshore Boats and trawlers. Vessels involved in the harvesting of Tuna are, however, exempted from the ban.

According to the sector Minister, vessels involved in the harvesting of Tuna conduct their business at deep seas and are not near areas reserved for other fleets.

She said the closed season is not going to be a one off process and that it would continue year by year until Ghana’s fishing stock improved.

She appealed to all fishermen to sacrifice a little to save the fishing industry and also save them from complaining of low catch.

By William Sarpong

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