End Marine Plastic Pollution

Erna Solberg touring the area with Minister and the
Chief Fisherman

THE
NORWEGIAN Prime Minister, Erna Solberg has called for united effort to
vibrantly end marine plastics pollution menace.

According
to her, the pressing problem of marine plastic problem has to be solved to
promote healthier fishes in Ghana and other parts of the world.

 “In reality, Ghana is doing a lot in the
fishing part like surveillance to ensure you have licensing and fighting
illegal fishing but I still also think there is plastic problem in Ghana as you
can see it at the beaches,” the Prime Minister said when she visited the Tema
Canoe Landing Beach.

Marine
plastic pollution is a fast growing problem albeit some global agreements
dealing with the littering. Despite many good initiatives and action plans, the
world appears to be losing the overall battle in the pollution of water bodies.

The
Prime Minister believed that it is significant to ensure that Ghana’s beaches
are plastics free for people to feel that the country’s fishes are healthier to
consume.

“Ghana
has a job to do to ensure that the oceans are not polluted and that is a global
problem and they have to do something everywhere and Ghana has to do something
in Ghana and we also have to do something in Norway,” she said.

Solberg’s
visit to the site was to acquaint herself with the activities of the fisher
folks at the landing beach and to also interact with them as part of her
two-day official visit to Ghana.

She
applauded the initiative the fishermen and canoe builders had adopted in
constructing a canoe for fishing.

For
her part, the Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development, Hon. Elizabeth
Afoley Quaye who expressed excitement about the fishermen complying with the
closed season fishing was worried about the pollution of the sea which appears
unpleasant.

“Apart
from the area being a bad site it also affects the health of fishes since
fishes swallow plastic and die as well as chemicals from plastic also enter the
fishes which put the health of human at risk when the fishes are consumed,” she
stated.

In
a quest to ensure healthy fishes and life, she called on the fisher folks to
ensure clean fishing environment.

The
Minister further stated that a high level inter-ministerial committee headed by
the Minister of Planning has been constituted to deal with the plastic waste
menace through awareness for proper management of plastic waste.

Nii Odametey, the Chief
Fisherman
of
theTema
Canoe Beach
, who took the
Prime Minister on the tour, asked for special dumping site for the fisher folks
to dump their rubbish far from the beach as one of the steps to solve the
marine plastic pollution.

From Vincent Kubi, Tema



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