Journalists celebrate World Oceans Day 2018, Ghana
Central and Western Region members of the Journalists for Responsible Fisheries and Environment last Friday stormed landing beaches in Moree and Elmina of the Central Region to celebrate the World Oceans Day 2018 with fishermen.
World Oceans Day it is a day set aside to recognise the importance of Oceans to human life, health and the economy.
The celebration which was supported by Earth Journalism Network was under the theme “Preventing plastic pollution and encouraging solutions for a healthy ocean”.
Consequently, the local theme by Journalists for Responsible Fisheries in both Western and Central Region was “Saving the Ocean; Our collective responsibility” with a call on the fishermen and Fisherfolks to desist from litter plastic bags and bottles of the oceans.
MyNewsGh.com reporter, Asana Gordon found out that plastic bags and bottles have engulfed the landing beaches but all the fishermen who spoke to the media confirmed that they dispose of the plastic bags and bottles including polythene bags that the food vendors serve them into the sea.
Journalists, therefore, educated the fishermen on the harmful chemicals in plastic bags and appealed to them not to litter inside and around the beaches.
“It’s everyone’s responsibility to not only dispose of waste properly but also to reduce litter at the source by reducing use in the first place”, they urged.
Journalists for Responsible Fisheries also called on the general public that instead of using disposable plastic bags for shopping, they should rather use their own reusable bags for shopping as well as the reusable bottle for filling up with water instead of buying bottles of water to avoid plastic pollution.
The Chief Fisherman of Moree Nkum and Central Regional Secretary of the Ghana National Canoe Fishermen Council, Nana Mensah Bonsu who took Journalists around the Etueri and Emfano landing beaches appealed to his colleagues’ fishermen to send their own gallons for filling up with drinkable water when fishing and avoid the use of plastic bags in the sea.
A fisherman, Kwamina Essoun who has been in the fishing industry for 25 years, pressed worry about the increment of fuel that has affect their fishing industry.
According to him, the majority of his colleagues including him have planning to seek for another job and leave the fishing industry.