Chinese insatiable appetite for unsustainable fishing practices in the fresh water of the Volta Lake is threatening the well-being of fishermen and fish stock in the South Dayi District of the Volta Region.
Member of Parliament (MP ) for the constituency, Hon Rockson-Nelson Etse Kwami Dafeamekpor said, the Chinese who are on the fresh water of Volta Lake for the past few months have destroyed fisheries in the area.
According to him, the Tongor-Dzamani, Tongor-Agordake and Adzebui, among others communities on the Volta Lake fresh water are the worse affected, as the Chinese fishing practices had destroyed their nets thereby making live difficult for the locals who depend largely on fishing for survivals.
“I have gone round my constituency in South Dayi and clearly fish farming by the Chinese is having adverse effect on the livelihood of my local growth. That is calico-like and destroys fishing nets and lives of fish stock,”the MP twittered.
The undergrowth of fish population in the fresh water of Volta Lake, he said was discovered by the fishermen in the affected communities.
Hon Rockson-Nelson Dafeamekpor
The South Dayi District which is one of the 26 Districts of the Volta Region, shares boundaries with North Dayi and Afadzato South Districts to the north, Ho West District to the east and Asougyaman District in the south, while the Volta Lake forms the western boundary.
The District covers a total land area of 358.3 square kilometers, which is 1.7 percent of the total land area of the Volta Region with about 20 percent of its land covered by the Volta Lake.
Agriculture is the dominant economic activity in the District and major agricultural activities are crop production, animal rearing and fishing.
The agricultural sector which includes farming and fishing employs almost 50.0 percent of the labour force making it the largest employer in the District.
Farming is carried out mainly by small holder farmers and the main crops cultivated are maize, cassava, yam and plantain.
River fishing is the main method of fishing in the District. However, aqua culture is gradually gaining grounds as fish farming is being done in the communities along the Volta Lake.
This, the South Dayi MP expressed worried about the plight of his people, especially families who depend on the fishing to earn a living.
He added that, the dwelling of fish growth in the Volta Lake means many families would join the already impoverished communities where portable drinking water, quality healthcare, good roads and quality education to their children remained a challenged.
He promised to take up the matter with the District authorities to the Ministry response to find a better solution, nothing that, if action is not taking for the Chinese to stop fish farming on the fresh water on Volta lake more lives would affected in the constituency.
Having depleted their home country fish stock, Chinese fishermen are now sailing farther to exploit the waters of other countries.
According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), overfishing is depleting coastal fishing across the globe, with 90 percent of the world’s fisheries fully exploited or facing collapse.
Source: therepublicnewsonline.com/Felix Nyaaba