The Eastern and Western Command of the Fisheries Enforcement Unit (FEU) have impounded a canoe carrying over two hundred slabs of frozen fish at Apam in the Central Region.
ATL FM News gathers the patrol team searched the canoe and found the fish without any fishing gear which suggests the fishers engaged in illegal transshipment known as ‘Saiko’.
Saiko, is an artisanal form of transshipping conducted by local fishers who go out in canoes to meet foreign vessels and transport boxes of frozen fish to processors who wait on shore. This practice which is illegal under Ghanaian Fisheries legislation, violates section 132 of the Fishing Act 625.
With regard to this particular development, three persons who claim to be watchmen of the canoe have been arrested.
This development further deepens the concerns of scientists who are calling for measures aimed at replenishing the depleting fish stock in Ghana’s marine space. Government recently postponed a month long close season to next year, a move which many say proves government’s inability to fight illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing.
Corporal Agyemang Opambour who is with the Fisheries Enforcement Unit told ATL FM News the seized slabs of fish have been transported to Mankessim for preservation while investigations are launched into the matter.
Owner of the impounded canoe who gave his name as Mustapha says regulators should ensure that big vessels which plunder our waters with the wrong mesh size are prevented from doing so.
ATL FM NEWS