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Close season for industrial fishing fleet in August



Mr Kingsley Ato Cudjoe, Deputy Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture, on Friday announced that the month of August has been chosen as the close season for industrial fleet made up of tuna and trawler vessels.

The decision, he said, was to help replenish the depleting fish stock in the marine sub-sector and achieve sustainable fishing.

The Deputy Minister, who was speaking at this year’s World Ocean Day (WOD) held at Teshie, in Accra, noted that the closure together with other measures was to ensure a healthy ocean that could sustain the current generation without compromising the usage by the future generation.

The WOD is a global day celebrated to remind everyone of the major role the oceans had in everyday life and also to inform the public of the impact of human actions on the ocean.

This year’s event was on the theme: “Preventing plastic pollution and encouraging solutions for a healthy ocean,” and was organised by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Mr Cudjoe said the month of August was chosen after a research confirmed that it was the upwelling season for fish in the sea, adding that, “This means that it is in that month that the fish bred more and, therefore catching them during that month will mean catching pregnant and smaller fishes”.

Touching on the importance of the ocean to the country, the Deputy Minister noted that the development and livelihood of the majority of people in the country depended on the ocean and called for a concerted effort to address the plastic pollution menace.

Mr Cudjoe asserted that the fisheries sector contributed about GH¢2.2 billion to the Growth Domestic Product of the country.

Mr John A. Pwamang, Acting Executive Director, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), noted that about 2.58 million metric tonnes of raw plastics were imported into the country annually and about 73 per cent of this effectively ended up as waste, and only 19 percent is re-used.

He said less than one per cent of the waste was recycled and a majority of it ended up in the ocean, which affected human and marine life.

“Recently a dead whale beached on our shore in the Western Region. When the EPA had its stomach contents examined, it had ingested a lot of plastics. This probably was responsible for its death.

“It may be that we are getting less fish from the sea because ingesting plastic particles kills many of the young fish. They have no chance to grow to maturity to be harvested by fishers,” he stated.

Mr Pwamang said the present state of the marine and coastal environment was a reflection of the choices humans continue to make including; unregulated urban settlements and inappropriate waste management practices.

He said the deplorable state of the Korle and Chemu lagoons was a testimony of the recklessness explaining that many of the country’s coastal lagoons, which served as fish spawning and nursery grounds were rapidly tracing the same path.



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Former Ghanaian dance champion Alex Ofori passes on





The late Alex Ofori was a former Ghanaian National Dance Champion

•The late Alex Ofori was a choreographer and a fashion model

• He became much popular after winning the Ghana National Dance competition in 1988

• The late dancer has been eulogized by popular Ghanaian media personality, Mr. Kwasi Kyei Darkwa

Former Ghanaian National Dance Champion, Alex Ofori, has reportedly passed on.

The late Alex Ofori who shot to fame after winning the Ghana National Dance competition in 1988, has worked with the likes of Slim Buster, who won the championship in 1987, Ebenezer Ako Nai who also won in 1987, Terry Ofosu Bright, aka Sir Robot who won in 1989 and Reggie Rockstone among others.

Announcing his demise on Facebook on June 16, 2021, veteran broadcaster Kwesi Kyei Darkwa (KKD) stated that the dance champion brought so much excitement and joy to Ghanaians whenever he got on a stage or dance floor.

He also eulogized him paving the way for new dance talents the country currently possesses.

“Rest in peace ALEX OFORI, Former National Dance Champion- Great Embassy Double Do, Dancer-Choreographer & Fashion Model. You brought so much excitement & joy to our motherland wherever you got on a stage or dance floor. With the likes of World Dance Champion Adjetey Sowah, unique breakdancer Reginald Osei aka Reggie Rockstone, Show dancers Firekiller, Como Basto, Carlos Alberto, Tee Pee & many enthusiastic young talents of the 80s & 90s, you helped turn what was your passion into a mainstay of live shows & television entertainment. Today, those talents you shared with the world just for fun, your labor of love has become a popular profession.”

“You & your colleagues paved the way for the talent we enjoy in dance choreography at national events & in numerous music videos. Life: How unpredictable you are. & how fragile we are,” he wrote on Facebook.

It can be recalled that the late Alex Ofori once represented Ghana at the World Dance Championship series at the London Hippodrome.

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VIDEO: Kennedy Agyapong celebrates 61st birthday in Dubai with his 16 daughters





Assin Central MP, Kennedy Ohene Agyapong celebrating his birthday with wife and children

• The Assin Central MP was swamped by his beautiful daughters at his 61st birthday party in Dubai

• Kennedy Agyapong turned 61 on June 16, 2021

• The lawmaker received and unwrapped some expensive gifts from his children

Assin Central MP, Kennedy Ohene Agyapong, joined his daughters in Dubai to celebrate his 61st birthday on June 16, 2021.

In a video making rounds on social media, the outspoken lawmaker was captured in a plush restaurant, swamped by his beautiful daughters and wife.

With the exception of Arnell, who is alleged to have been ‘disowned’ by Mr. Agyapong, the rest of his 16 beautiful daughters were seen seated at a dinner table with their father having a nice time.

Beaming with smiles, Mr. Agyapong one-by-one unwrapped the gifts presented to him by his children.

The all-white birthday party was climaxed with a kiss from his wife.

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One shot as sand winners clash with Okyeman taskforce at Adeiso





Sand winners and Taskforce clash in Adeiso

One person has been shot in a clash between the Okyeman Environmental Protection task force and sand winners at Adeiso in the West Akyem Municipality in the Eastern region.

The task force stormed the Tank Akuraa community near Adeiso, arrested and handcuffed one Osae Kwame, a sand winner and threw him into a Nissan Pick Up but were pursued by the youth who rescued him.

Later the taskforce members attacked Summertide sand winning Company site at Obeng Yaw village, also near Adeiso, amidst the firing of guns and arrested five workers and shot one other.

Armed police responded to the distress calls about the incidents but the Taskforce failed to stop when signalled by Police.

They were given a hot chase but to no avail.

Information spread through the Communities leading to the youth mounting roadblocks and attacked the task force.

Sensing danger Okyeman Mponuahene, Barima Twum Tabriade and Okyeman Akwansrahene went to the Adeiso police station to seek refuge in a Jeep Patriot SUV with registration number GS9835-19 which had three tyres deflated.

The angry youth and sand winners massed up at the Police station seeking the release of the two chiefs for instant justice.

Due to the tension, Adeiso District Police command called on the Divisional Command for reinforcement to contain the situation.

A search in the Jeep SUV which belongs to Akwansrahene, Baffour Sarpong, contained one AK 47 assault rifle with 3 magazines and 7 Pump-action cartilages.

The five (5 ) suspects including the two chiefs were whisked to Asamankese Divisional Headquarters by the reinforcement team where they were granted Police enquiry bail.

The Public Relations Officer of the Eastern Regional Police Command, DSP Ebenezer Tetteh confirmed the incident.

He said the Regional Police Command has dispatched a team to the troubled area to help resolve the matter to restore calm.

Okyeman Environmental Protection Taskforce was formed over a decade ago to fight against illegal mining, illegal sand winning and illegal chainsawing.


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