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Karpowership empowers fisherfolks in Sekondi-Takoradi

Karpowership empowers fisherfolks in Sekondi-Takoradi

Karpowership Ghana Company Limited has held a forum for fisherfolks in Sekondi-Takoradi to empower them on good business models.

The forum sought to acquaint the fisherfolks with business survival strategies as the world gradually recovers from the Covid-19 pandemic that has negatively impacted businesses and the lives of people.

The forum also provided opportunity for the Fisheries Commission to sensitize the fisherfolks on modern and hygienic fish processing practices.

Corporate Communication Specialist at Karpowership Sandra Amarquaye said the forum was part of Karpowership Ghana’s efforts to better engage residents in communities along whose shores it operates.

She explained such fora provide the company with the opportunity to engage and sensitize stakeholders on its operations.

 “I’m excited that we have held this forum for the fisherfolks to be sensitized on business models and hygienic practices. It should go a long way to improve their work,” she said.

Fisheries Commission representative Josephine Laryea expressed the Commission’s gratitude for the opportunity the forum provided them to sensitize fisherfolks on good fishing practices.

Officials from the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) were also present at the forum to sensitize fisherfolks on safety tips.

Leaders of the Inshore Fishing Association, the Fish Traders and Processors Association, Inshore Fishing Boats Owners, Hookline Canoe Fishermen, among others participated in the forum.  

A participant of the forum, Francis Eshun, who is chairman of the Canoe Fisherman Association, described as heartwarming Karpowership’s recognition of the importance of their activities.

“This forum was insightful as it gave us the opportunity to learn new things to improve our business,” he said.  


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Over 5,000 farmlands destroyed by floods, food shortage imminent – NADMO

Some farmers struggling through a flooded farm

The Upper West regional Coordinator of the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) Ahmed Mustapha has warned of a possible food shortage if the Ministry of Food and Agriculture fails to institute interventions immediately to deal with the effect of floods in the Upper East region.

He revealed that some five thousand acres of farmland have been destroyed by floods in the area over the last six weeks.

He indicated that the region has been a the largest producer of maize but with the effect the floods, there is going to be challenge in the production of the commodities.

“As at last week, the total acres that have  been washed away by this  flood in the Upper West region is about  5000 acres  of farmlands. Half of this figure is on the Wa East district and the food basket of the Upper West region.

“The Sisala enclave, from the Wa East, Sisala East and Sisala West, they do a lot of farming and they were the highest producer of maize as at last year.

“So when we sense food insecurity people should take interest in what we are talking about,” he told Alfred Ocansey on the Sunrise show on 3FM.

Source: 3 News

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Hawa Komsoon gets tough on Fisherfolk; suspends 4 communities over premix

Elmina fishermen apologise for engaging in light fishing; set to meet Hawa  Koomson today

Supply of premix fuel to four landing beach communities in the Central Region has been suspended indefinitely due to illegal fishing activities in those areas.

The communities are British Komenda, Dago, Abandze and Moree.

A statement by the National Premix Fuel Secretariat said the action was a punitive measure for the communities engaged in light fishing and other illegal fishing practices.

“This is to inform you that following a directive by the Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development, Ms Mavis Hawa Koomson, premix fuel supply to some landing beach communities in the Central Region will be suspended indefinitely,” the statement said.

By letters to the chief executives of the Komenda Edina Eguafo Abirem (KEEA), Abura Asebu Kwamankese, Mfantsiman, and the Gomoa West district assemblies, the secretariat explained that: “Light fishing and other illegal fishing activities perpetrated by fishermen is viewed seriously by the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development (MOFAD) and its agencies because of its negative impacts on marine stock and industry growth.

“The National Premix Fuel Secretariat and, indeed, MOFAD is aware that premix fuel, which is subsidised by government, is regrettably used to fuel generators for the illicit practice of light fishing.”

Fisherfolk react

However, the President of the Canoe and Fishing Gear Owners Association of Ghana, Nana Kweigya, told the Daily Graphic that the directive was a selective enforcement of the laws on illegalities in the fisheries sector, and that it would not help efforts to solve the problems in the sector.

He said the fight against illegalities was haphazardly being implemented, stressing that other illegalities — including the use of monofilament nets and undersized nets — were going on in many other communities.

Nana Kweigya observed that in Abandze, for instance, while artisanal fishermen observed the relevant regulations not to use light for fishing, some inshore fleets were landing fishes caught with light.

“There is no fishing community in Ghana where there is no illegality. In every fishing community, there is one illegality or the other. For what reason are these communities selected as culprits,” he queried.

“We complained to the ministry, but nothing was done about it. The ministry itself has given the tuna vessels permission to use light for fishing. Where are we going with this?” he queried.


Nana Kweigya said it was obvious that the ministry was only using smaller, less agitative communities as scapegoats while the main culprit communities were being ignored.

He noted that the fishermen were committed to efforts to rebuild the fishery stocks, but stated that it was important for the ministry to meet with all stakeholders to seek general compliance.

Ghana recently was issued a “yellow card” by the European Union, and risks a more serious sanction, if illegal fishing practices persist in the country’s waters.

Source: Graphiconline

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MoF supports 75,000 fisherforks during closed fishing season

Fishing Ban: Minority Bribing fishermen To Demonstrate - Ghana Live TV

Government, through the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development, supported over 75,000 people along the coastal communities with food items during the closed fishing season.

The intervention was to reduce the effects of the closed season on livelihoods of fisherfolks and promote compliance.

Mrs Mavis Hawa Koomson, the Sector Minister, who announced this during the Minister’s briefing in Accra on Sunday, said 15,000 bags of rice and 6,250 cartons of cooking oil were distributed to over 75,000 people along the coastal communities.

The Ministry also distributed approved fishing nets to some fishermen in the Volta and Central regions.

The closed season occurred from July 1 to August 312021 which covered Artisanal and Inshore fleets and Industrial fleets to ensure the fishes rejuvenated and grew into maturity.

Mrs Koomson also announced that the government was acquiring four patrol boats to help the security agencies guard the marine life and ward off fisherfolks who over exploited the country’s sea waters.

The four patrol boats would be deployed in each of the four coastal regions namely; Central, Greater Accra, Volta and Western regions.

This would facilitate frequent inspection at sea, offshore and for prompt response to detecting infringements at the VMS centres, the Minister stated.

She also explained that the acquisition of the boats would also accelerate the fight against piracy on the West African coast.

The Minister said a research vessel would be procured soon to aid a scientific analysis of marine life.

“Research vessels are important means through which the condition and change in marine ecosystems and marine fish stock can be assessed to define allowable catch quantities,” she added.

She believed the procurement of a research vessel would help bridge the current gap within the “fisheries sector’s ability to obtain marine data to support effective management of marine.

On washing of dead fishes ashore in April this year, Mrs Koomson said the Water Assessment Examination conducted by the Fisheries Commission revealed that the fishes in Osu died because of low oxygen concentration in their tissues.

That condition in the sea water caused a stress to the fishes leading to their death.

Additionally, the dolphins that were washed ashore in Accra, and Brewire-Akyenim in the Nzema East of the Western Region died because of drastic temperature change and sonar disturbance leading to trauma, dehydration and suffocation under the collapse of their weight.

She said those factors were natural and could therefore not be prevented.
Source : GNA

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