Ghana’s fish stocks see rapid decline

Overuse of illegal fishing methods has caused a rapid decline to Ghana’s fish stock, said James Kwabla Azamesu, a senior official of the ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development, on Monday.

Azamesu named illegal fishing methods as pair trawling, light fishing, explosives, and the use of mono-filament nets. “The use of these bad fishing methods is the major setback in the industry in Ghana. They affect protein needs and render bare the resources that facilitate fisheries processes,” he said.

Under the Ghanaian laws, people are barred from using chemicals like DDT, dynamite, light and pair-trawling as means of fishing. However, the reverse is the case in the West African country at the moment.

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