Fishermen attack and injure task force fighting illegal fishing in Prampram

Fishermen attack and injure task force fighting illegal fishing in Prampram

-Some illegal fishermen have allegedly attacked taskforce in Prampram

-The fishermen used deadly weapons and injured some of the taskforce personnel

-The fishermen were arrested and have been handed over to the police for prosecution.

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Some fishermen who believed to be engaged in illegal fishing activities have attacked some taskforce personnel in Prampram who confronted them while at sea. The fishermen who were wielding cutlasses, bows and arrow and guns started attacking the taskforce with the weapons injuring them in the process.

Fishermen attack and injure task force fighting illegal fishing in Prampram

Fishermen (File Photo)

The fishermen were believed to be 15 in number attacked the 80 task force members who were unarmed and were going on their normal patrols to ward off activities of the illegal fishermen.

In an interview granted to Ghana News Agency, Nii Ayetey Dinson, Chairman of the Canoe Owners Association, Prampram who also doubled as a member of the task force indicated that there was a tip-off that the fishermen were going to launch an attack on them should they confront them.

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He added that the activities of the fishermen were not only killing the fishes but also destroying the water body. He revealed that the illegal farmers used light, dynamites, carbide and DDT which posed a serious health risk to consumers of fish.

As a result of the attack, 7 members of the taskforce sustained various degrees of injuries

The engagement of the two parties led to the arrest of 15 of the illegal fishermen who have been handed over to the police pending investigation and prosecution.

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The local task force have passionately appealed to the Ministry of Fisheries, Ministry of Defense and Ministry for Interior to send officers to the area to help fight the activities of the illegal fishermen.

DSP Issah Mohammed Cantona, the Prampram District Police Commander, confirmed to Ghana News Agency that some 15 fishermen were in police custody on Monday and had been processed for court scheduled on Friday.

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