Fishermen angry at minister for telling them to collect plastics

Fishermen angry at minister for telling them to collect plastics

- The minister of fisheries has angered fisher folk over the ban n fishing activities

- Elizabeth Afoley Quaye says fishermen could resort to collecting plastics during the ban

- Fisher folks in Accra say they find the statement by the minister very insulting

From the 1st of August, all fishing activities in the country will be banned following a directive from the ministry of fisheries and aquaculture.

The directive by the fisheries minister has sparked fury among some fisher folk especially those in the coastal belt of the Greater Accra region who say the ban will not only affect the annual Homowo celebration but also increase the cost of fish in the country.

So far, there have been threats of a demonstration across the various fishing harbours as a large section of the fisherfolk have threatened a demonstration over the development.

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Meanwhile, the sector minister says she still stands by this move. She rather admonished fisherfolk to resort to improving the sanitation situation along the beaches. The minister stated that collecting and selling plastic bags could be the best resort during the ban.

Some fishermen say they feel insulted by a suggestion by the Fisheries Minister for them to collect plastic for sale during the closed fishing season. They say they are not mentally challenged men and women to go about collecting plastic waste.

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The Jamestown Fishing Harbour is heavily represented by fishmongers who store the catch of fisherman in refrigerators for sale. This is where to visit should you want to buy and dress your fish. These fish sellers hint the cost of fish risk experiencing a 10 to 20 percent increase should the one-month ban be anything to go by.

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