Minister for Fisheries and Aquaculture Development, Elizabeth Afoley Quaye, has presented over 55,250 bales of fishing nets to fishers in Ghana.
This act by the Minister is in line with government’s periodic distributing fishing equipment to fishers to help improve their work and boost the fisheries sector.
Speaking at the last state of the nation address early this year, Akuffo-Addo, President of Ghana, stated that his government is keen on boosting the fisheries sector.
The President mentioned that stated some fishing nets of 55,250 bales will be made available to fishers.
As co-chair of the eminent advocates for the sustainable development goals (SDG’s), the President Akuffo-Addo led government is challenged to ensure that fishers follow all the laws governing the sea and stop illegal fishing in other to protect the sea, fisheries and the environment at large.
Addressing beneficiaries of the net at the Premises of the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development in Accra, Minister for Fisheries and Aquaculture Development, Elizabeth Afoley Quaye said the Ministry is also in the process of procuring outboard motors and other fishing equipment which will be sold at subsidized price to the fishers.
“We don’t want the rubber nets, we don’t want small sized nets and mono-filament nets in our sea any more. This is the approved net that every fisher should use. When we came to your areas prior to the closed season, we made you sign some social contracts. Based on these social contracts, I promised to thank you after the closed season. This is a gift we are giving to you. We want you to teach your fellow fishers the right fishing nets to use so that they will stop using the illegal fishing nets in other to reap full benefit of the just ended closed season. Thank you very much for helping us make the closed season possible” she said.
Speaking to the media after the ceremony, Chief fisherman of Elmina, Nana Badu thanked the Minister for fulfilling her promise and wished her well in her task to rejuvenate the fisheries sector.
Teshie Chief Fisherman, Nii Wawajan also said, “The minster started giving out the fishing nets from Prampram where the sea opening ceremony was held. She has been sharing for some time now and today we have been called upon to come for ours. She is still sharing so we should all exercise patience, we shall all receive ours”
He also thanked the minister and wished her well in her endeavors.
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