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Politicians sponsoring illegal fishing – Rawlings

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Former President Jerry John Rawlings has praised authorities of the fisheries sector for fining a fishing company, Gyinam Fisheries that engaged in illegal fishing, a prohibitive $1 million dollars while accusing some political leaders of “indirectly sponsoring such wilful abuse of our limited fishing resources.”

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“The abuse of our waters by these fishing trawlers has gone on for decades with some political leaders indirectly sponsoring such willful abuse of our limited fishing resources. The industry has been on its knees for a considerable period and I pray the exercise to stem the tide will be sustained to restore sanity into the industry,” the former President declared.

He had earlier praised to fisheries ministry for taking steps to protect our fishing resources especially, its imposition of a two-month bans on fishing by industrial trawlers.

Former President Rawlings is a tireless campaigner for the protection of our water resources.

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Background of penalty

Gyinam Fisheries Limited has been fined for using its fishing trawler, Ly Rong Yuan Yu, for illegal fishing.

Upon the arrest and detention of the trawler, a joint team from the Fisheries Enforcement Unit, Ghana Navy, Marine Police and the Ghana Maritime Authority inspected it and found hundreds of slabs of frozen mixed small pelagic fish species, the catching of which is illegal.

The team also found undersized mesh which is banned.

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The company opted for an out of court settlement which resulted in the $1 million fine and a further ¢124,000 fine for the illegal fish caught.



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