The Paramount Chief of the Lower Dixcove Traditional area in the Western Region, Nana Akwasi Agyeman IX has declared the use of chemicals, explosives and light as taboo in fishing communities under his paramouncy.
The Paramount Chief, who is also the President of the Western Region House of Chiefs, made this declaration during the grand durbar of this year’s Kundum festivities on Tuesday, August 16, 2016, in Dixcove. He expressed serious concern about the health and livelihood implications of using DDT, carbide, dynamite and light among others for fishing.
The Traditional Council in collaboration with the West Africa Regional Fisheries Program (WARFP) – Ghana had throughout the Kundum festival week carried out several activities to campaign against illegal fishing. These include house-to-house and street crooning of Kundum songs with fisheries campaign messages, organization of quiz on fisheries regulations, playing of recorded fisheries campaign songs and drama performances on illegal fishing among others.
The occasion was graced by the President of Ghana, John Dramani Mahama who also spoke earlier in the week against such illegal fishing practices during National Fisheries Durbar in Axim.
Nana Akwasi Agyeman IX also used the occasion to call on all fishers to register their fishing vessels to enable them receive the right quantity of fishing inputs particularly premix fuel and outboard motors.