An Administrator & Management Practitioner, Mr Alexander Martey, has asked the government to enforce the laws to deal with the issue of pair trawling along the coastal areas in the country.
The New Patriotic Party (NPP) parliamentary candidate for Ningo prampram 2020 explained on the Sunrise show on 3FM Thursday April 22 that pair trawling is currently destroying the artisanal fishing sector of the local economy.
Ningo-Prampram currently has the largest fishing community in the whole of west Africa.
This phenomenon he explained has left the fisher folks in those communities in abject poverty, a situation he said requires the government’s immediate attention to enforce the laws against illegal fishing activities on the sea.
Pair trawling is a fishing activity carried out by two boats, with one towing each warp, the towing cables. As the mouth of the net is kept open by the lateral pull of the individual vessels, otter boards are not required. With the towing power of two boats and no otter boards, a larger net may be worked than would otherwise be possible, or alternatively, the two boats can share increased fuel efficiency
Asked how long been pair trawling been going on, Mr Martey who hails from a fishing community, Ningo Prampram answered “ not less than twenty years.”
He told Alfred Ocansey that “Coming up as a youngman during the time of President Kufuor’s regime I started hearing about pair trawling so I can say not less than twenty years that pair trawling has been going on.
Commenting on assertions that this problem has been going on in the open, he said “That is very true. In Ghana we have all the laws but the problem is the enforcement.
“With the help of the media in 2017 and 2018 his Excellency moved into the galamsey areas to stop it, commissioning military to go there, they went there in a short time it turned into something else.”
By Laud Nartey|3news.com|Ghana