Since fishes form part of our daily protein, it's important that we know how the practice is done in some West African countries.
Today let's talk about fishing practice in Ghana.
Fishing operations in Ghana consist of three subsectors: industrial, semi-industrial and artisanal subsectors.
Along the coast of Ghana, there are several communities that engage in fishing. This practice serves as a source of food, revenue and employment for many along the coast.
Keta in the volta region of Ghana is one of the places where urban fishing occurs.
One of the experiences you would get when you visit Keta in the volta region of Ghana is to go swimming and get to have a fishing expedition as well. The fishermen are naturally friendly and hospitable and can take you along in the boats on a fishing expedition.
They're mainly into “Offshore fishing”, which is locally referred to as “Yevudor' in the EWE language.
It is the process whereby a net is cast offshore about 800 meters into the sea and then gradually pull out.
After casting, they carry the boat from the shore and make a 180degrees turn on the Ocean so that the net can have 2 rope edges to be pulled out. Mostly they cast their net around 6 am every morning and pull it out after close to 5 hours.
Photo Credit: Selorm Ameza
They would pull it from the 2 sides offshore, until they meet in the middle and the fishes get trapped in the net bag. It's not an easy job but everyone who helps pull the net out definitely gets a portion of fish as payment for helping. In fact, you never visit and help without going home with fish.
As such, people who are free or wish to eat fish on a particular day but do not have money can visit the shore early morning and help drag the net.
There's no requirement for it. Just speak to the team and you are good to go. They're communal and welcoming. You don't need to be experienced to join.
By Richard Adonu Mensah