- An communications officer of the NDC has ask Nana Addo to stop Chinese from "light" fishing
- "Light" fishing involves the use of light in fishing
- The NDC exec believe the fishing by Chinese in Ghana is hurting local fisher
Alhassan Builsa, a deputy communications officer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has made a desperate plea to President Nana Akufo Addo to ban Chinese fishermen who engage in fishing with light.
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He stated emphatically that, the Chinese fishermen who use light in fishing are depleting the country's fish stock and also placing local fishermen at an unfair advantage since local fishermen are banned from engaging in such activities.
This situation, he said, had created much anxiety among local fishermen and fishmongers along the coastal belt of the country, especially at Tema.
He made these comments while arguing with the Minister of Fisheries, Elizabeth Afoley Quaye on Accra FM, who said that the law would continue to be applied as a way of ensuring sustainable fish stock in the sea.
Mr Builsa said, "you allow foreigners, especially Chinese, to be doing the ‘light’ fishing while you have banned your own people doing it. This is unfair to the local people."
“I am appealing to the police to stop harassing the fishermen so long as the Chinese are doing it."
The fishery sector in Ghana principally encompasses marine fishery, inland (fresh water) fishery and aquaculture fishery as well as related activities in fish storage, preservation, marketing and distribution.
Fisheries constitute an important sector in national economic development.
The sector is estimated to contribute 3 % of the total GDP and 5 % of the GDP in agriculture. About 10 % of the country's population is engaged in various aspects of the fishing industry.
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