The Municipal Main Govt (MCE) for Keta, Godwin Edudzi Effah, has appealed for the establishment of a unit of the Maritime Law enforcement of the Ghana Police Assistance at Keta to enable curb fishery infractions in the Municipality and adjoining places.
He stated it was vital for the coastal municipality with a fantastic selection of its folks currently being fisher individuals to have the device to prosecute perpetrators of Unlawful Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing procedures which include the use of below-measurement mesh, gentle fishing and fishing with explosives.
Mr Effah was talking at a assembly attended by chief fishermen, officials from Maritime Police and the Municipal Assembly to dialogue on fishing-similar troubles such as illegal fishing.
Coastal Volta which spans from Aflao in the Ketu South Municipality to Anyanui in the Anloga District has no fishing enforcement unit to implement fishing legislation and has to depend on the one particular dependent in Tema, producing abide by up on issues of infractions nearly unachievable.
This situation, fisher individuals blame for the ongoing fishing infractions in the region’s waters.
It is claimed that just lately some trawlers engaged in light fishing in the Keta parts, consequently impacting negatively on the capture of tiny-holder fishmen with the most recent occurring on March 23, 2020, wherever customers of Vodza Landing Beach front Committee alleged that they noticed a trawler dumping juvenile fishes into the sea.
The MCE claimed aside the establishment of the device in the space it would assistance in imposing compliance with fishing guidelines, “Keta has been declared a port zone and so we need to have the unit to make certain protection.”
Mr Seidi Iddi, Director of Marine Law enforcement welcomed the request from the MCE for their presence in the location saying, he would table the request prior to the Law enforcement Administration considering the fact that it will be in the desire of the country to unfold out the unit.
“It should not just be in Tema and Takoradi alone because Ghana is endowed with 550 nautical miles shoreline from Aflao to New City, 50 percent-Assini. We will need to be out there to present assist. There is a good deal of IUU fishing procedures and we require to be there to struggle it so that our fishermen can go out to sea and occur again with ample capture.
“Security wise, we have to have to have Marine Police to be the watcheye around the ocean so that in case of everything, they’ll be the initially to choose motion,” Mr Iddi included.