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2 closed-season fishers arrested in Takoradi

The Takoradi Marine Police on Wednesday, 22 May 2019 arrested two fishermen for fishing during the closed season.

The ban on fishing announced by the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development and the Fisheries Commission took effect on Wednesday, 15 May 2019.

The closed season period is aimed at achieving sustainable fishing and also helping replenish the depleting fish stock in the sea sub-sector due to overexploitation and bad fishing practices.

The ministry, in consultation with the various stakeholders, agreed to impose the ban in two phases for inshore and artisanal fishers from 15 May to 30 June; and industrial fishers from 1 August to 30 September.

She said: “We want to see a very high level of compliance because last year, we were all here when the fishermen complained that we hadn’t had enough consultation with them and, so, by using the word voluntary, what I mean is that we wanted them to do it out of their own will. [The closed season] is a management measure that we are implementing and we will need their compliance, their support, to be able to implement it fully.

The Marine Police Commander, ACP Seidu Iddi, who confirmed the arrest of the two to journalists, said the suspects; Kwaku Badu and Agya Amey, were arrested by some community members at New Takoradi and taken to the chief fisherman’s house.

Meanwhile, the Western Regional Fisheries Director, Godfrey Chibom, who is also leading the ban on fishing, stated that the two will be slapped with severe fines to serve as a deterrent to others.

“The police have seized the net that they used and beyond the investigations, they’ll be put through prosecution. What the law says about such people is that when you breach the law, you have to be fined and for the canoe fishermen, the fine is between GHS1,200 and GHS6,000. This is expected to serve as a deterrent to all other fishermen who may want to flaunt the closed season.”

The two suspects have been granted a self-recognisance bail.