In a gesture of solidarity and support, Hon. Benjamin Narteh Ayiku, the Member of Parliament for Ledzokuku, together with the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development, led by Mr. Quartey, the Technical Advisor to the Minister, presented essential relief items to the fisherfolk at the Teshie fishing beach. The initiative aims to alleviate the challenges faced by the fishing community during the ongoing close season, which began on July 1, 2023, and will conclude on July 31, 2023.
Recognizing the importance of sustaining the fishing industry while ensuring the preservation of aquatic resources, the relief items were carefully selected to assist the fishermen and their families during this temporary period of non-fishing activities. The generous donations included 50 bags of rice, 165 stainless basins, and 55 pieces of wire mesh for fish smoking. Additionally, cartons of cooking oil were provided to supplement the nutritional needs of the community.
Hon. Benjamin Narteh Ayiku expressed his deep concern for the welfare of the fishermen and emphasized the significance of supporting them during this challenging period. He remarked, “The close season is a crucial conservation measure to protect our fish stocks and promote sustainability. We understand the impact it has on the livelihoods of our fishermen, and it is our duty to stand by them and provide necessary assistance.”
The Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development, spearheaded by Mr. Quartey, has been actively collaborating with local communities and stakeholders to implement effective fisheries management practices. The provision of relief items demonstrates their commitment to mitigating the economic consequences of the close season, ensuring that fishermen have access to essential resources and support.
The fishermen at the Teshie fishing beach expressed their gratitude for the timely intervention and the support extended by Hon. Benjamin Narteh Ayiku and the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development. They emphasized the value of such initiatives in alleviating the financial burden and promoting resilience within their community.
As the close season progresses, the collaborative efforts of government and community leaders continue to be vital in safeguarding the sustainability of Ghana’s fisheries industry. The relief items provided will undoubtedly serve as a lifeline for the fishermen, enabling them to navigate through these challenging times.