THE NORWEGIAN Prime Minister, Her Excellency Erna Solberg, has challenged African Countries to rise against the indiscriminate disposal of plastic waste which finds its way into the ocean.
She noted that much as plastics are a major cause of poor fish harvest in the sub region, the issue can be addressed in Ghana if stringent measures are put in place.
Madam Erna Solberg said this during an interaction with the fisher folks at the Tema Canoe Landing beach. She indicated that for people to have confidence in Ghanaian fishes, the Country must ensure that the oceans are plastic free.
She mentioned that together with the World Bank, a trust fund has been established to make it possible for Countries such as Ghana to seek funds to handle plastics.
Madam Solberg however commended Ghana for the strict measures in ensuring proper surveillance on the sea and ensuring sustainable fishing the Country.
The Minister for Fisheries and Aquaculture Development, Mrs Elizabeth Naa Afoley Quaye, said plastic menace along the Country’s beaches is appalling and called for vigorous attitudinal change.
She stated that the plastics consumed by the fishes inadvertently affects the health of humans She mentioned that the Fisheries Ministry has acquired some plastic polythisers as a means of helping to curtail the menace.
The Tema Awudum Chief Fisherman, Nii Odametey appealed to the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies along the coastal belt to provide the fishing communities with adequate waste bins placed at very vantage places to enable the people to dispose off their waste materials into them rather than resorting to the shore.
Meanwhile, the Minister earlier engaged the Norwegian PM at the Fisheries Commission where plans of the Monitoring Control Surveillance were explained to the Norwegian PM.
The engagement was on Fish for Development