Minister for Fisheries and Aquaculture Development, Hon. Mavis Hawa Koomsoon has punished fishermen in Elmina indefinitely for failing to heed her directive on illegal fishing.
According to the minister who doubles as a lawmaker for Awutu Senya East constituency, fishermen in Elmina will continue to observe the closed season despite the reopening season of the sea for refusing to stop illegal fishing activities.
“After my presentation on Tuesday, June 27, they said I said, they should stop the Saiko and light fishing which they were not happy with and so I should reverse that statement and I said no. I wasn’t ready and so they said if I am not going to reverse, I should take back the items I brought for them and I did.
“Now they are begging, they have come to apologize, I am told they had a press conference, one of the chief fishermen is here to apologize but we still have to punish them for that I will not hide it,” Hawa Koomson explained.