The Executive Director of a civil society group of journalists known as Journalists For Responsible Fisheries and Environment (JFRE), is calling on government to make it a point to set up plastic waste recycling plant in each region as part of government’s one district one factory initiative.
Speaking after a visit of some fishing communities in Moree and Elmina in the Central Region to commemorate World Ocean’s day, the Executive Director of the group, Kingsley Nana Boadu, called on various assemblies to enact bye laws to ban use of plastics and encourage use of paper packs rather,
The World Ocean’s day celebrated under the global theme, “Preventing Plastic Pollution and providing solution for a healthy ocean”; had as its local theme, “saving the ocean, our collective responsibility “.
The Executive Director of JFRE called on government to reduce the plastic menace ; “…government must ensure to set up a plastic waste recycling plant in every region at least , as part of the one district one factory initiative, if government wants to be taken serious..” ; he said.
Speaking on the littering of the beaches, Nii Armah a fisherman at Elmina Beach who has been fishing for the past 34 years called for stiffer punishment for those who indulge in that.
Some fishmongers who spoke to Empirefmonline also asked for skip containers to be placed at the Elmina Beach and emptied regularly if the beach is to be clean.
Nana Mensah Bonsu who is the chief fisherman of Moree Etuei confirmed to Empirefm online, the dangers of plastics on sea mammals and called in his colleague fishermen to desist from polluting the ocean. He decried the activities of sand winning and bemoaned the lack of a standard landing beach for the area.