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Inroad of modernity in fishing sector making traditional regulations less applicable- UCC Lecturer

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A lecturer at the Department of Sociology of University of Cape Coast, Mr. Edgar Akonor says the inroad of modernity has weakened traditional regulations governing the fishing sector in Ghana.

To him, the fishing sector has become an open access since there are no strict rules regulating it. He added that illegalities at the fishing sector continue to persist because much has not been done to deal with the situation.

Contributing to a discussion on the illegalities in fishing on ATL FM’s Atlantic Wave yesterday, Mr. Akonor indicated, the fishing sector is quite flexible allowing people to engage in all sorts of activities that do not conform to regulations governing the sector.

He noted the failure to sanction people who flout fishing rules has become a great challenge.

The Ghana country coordinator of the Environmental Justice Foundation, Antoine Rougier, who contributed to the discussion noted the fishing sector in the country is facing challenges because there is competition for fishing resources.

A chief fisherman and the Central Regional Public Relations Officer of the Ghana National Canoe Fishermen Council, Nana Kwame Yaw Ababio III also indicated that his outfit has met some chiefs within the region to relook fishing regulations.

 

Source: CLAUDIA MENSAH/ATL FM NEWS

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