The Centre for International Maritime Affairs Ghana, CIMAG, a policy think tank has asked relevant state institutions to wake up and apply both international and local maritime pollution prevention laws or Ghana becomes a net importer of fish by 2025, given the growing maritime pollution.
According to the Ghana-based maritime, aviation and pollution policy think tank, the surging spate of both solid and liquid pollution in the maritime space is a recipe for an extinct maritime maritime business, particularly the fishing industry, a development which has a huge toll on Ghana as an agrarian economy.
As a signatory to international maritime pollution prevention conventions including the notable MARPOL convention, Ghana in recognition of this passed the maritime pollution act 932 into law in 2016.
However, volumes of pollution from industries and at Sea occur while mandated state institutions such as the Environmental Protection Agency, EPA, and other responsible agencies sit aloof.
The Executive Secretary of CIMAG, Albert Derrick Fiatui raising the inherent danger if the phenomenon is not reversed as soon as possible said, it is unfortunate the quantum of pollutes industries continue to discharge into the marine environment without recourse to its negative effects on the fishing sub-sector, an industry which sustains millions of Ghana’s population.
According to him, Ghana already stands the risk of oil spillage and if the country has not experienced one, it is expedient that the government checks how waste substances are discharged into the sea in order to avert eventually rendering the sea dead.
Mr. Fiatui to this end implores government, the EPA and other relevant agencies to deal with perpetrators and also clamp down on the Chinese and Koreans pair trawlers who are depleting the country’s fish resources to avert Ghana becoming a major fish importer in the next couple of years.
Apart from the economic implication should the phenomenon continue, Mr. Fiatui was also concerned about the health implications of the population’s continues feasting on fish produced from a highly polluted marine environment.
By: Edward Graham Sebbie