Dominic Adoboli, GNA
Keta, Oct. 09, GNA
- A day’s Delegates Conference of the Ghana National Canoe Fishermen Council
(GNCFC) Volta Regional Chapter was on Tuesday held at Keta in the Keta
In all, 75
delegates, comprising fish landing site Chief Fishermen and fishing company or
boat owners mainly from the Keta and Ketu South Municipalities and Anloga
Key on the agenda
was election of seven new executives to steer the affairs of the chapter for
the next four years and ways to fight violation of regulations regarding the
Togbi Seth Abotsi,
Chief Fisherman of Adina in Ketu South and Togbi Yaovi Gada retained their
positions as the chapter Chairman and Vice Chairman respectively.
Tettey Etse Yao was
elected the Organiser, Togbi Jupiter Kwabla, Treasurer, Togbi Doe Kekeshi,
Financial Secretary, Togbi Emmanuel
Tettey as Public Relations Officer and Seth Kede, Secretary.
lacking the fanfare commonly associated with other labour delegates
conferences, was supported by the Far Ban Bo Project - a three-member European
Union-funded NGO group - OXFAM, Friends of the Nation and Care International,
involved in capacity building at the fisheries sector.
Togbi Abotsi, the
re-elected Chairman, thanked the delegates for the confidence reposed in him
and assured to help to sustain the fishing industry in the interest of children
He said he would
closely relate with the authorities and the national GNCFC executives to eliminate
dynamite and poisonous fishing even by Togolese fishermen, illegal trawling,
light fishing and inappropriate net use.
He lauded a
cooperative credit union brought by the Far Ban Bo Project for their women,
which was catching up well among them and said it could be considered among the
Mr. Kwesi Johnson,
Community Development Coordinator, Friends of the Nation, an NGO in Natural
Resource Management Advocacy, and member of the Far Ban Bo Project, supervised
the conference and the elections.
He declared the
election outcome as preliminary until they were asserted by the GNACFC national
Mr Johnson cited
poverty in fishing communities as key cause for fisher folks violating fishing
laws, in addition to the non-enforcement of the regulations by authorities.
He said the
communities were adequately engaged in a Sustainable Fisheries Development
Project (SFDP), led by USAID that exposed them to the negative consequence of
the bad fishing practices on the industry, themselves and their families.
Mr Johnson said
project was to assist the Fisheries Commission, District Assemblies and
community organisations such as the GNCFC to promote sustainable fisheries
livelihood, for example fighting illegal unreported and unregulated (IUU)
fishing as a crime against fish and humanity.