Following a bumper catch by fishermen at the Albert Bosomtwe Sam fishing harbour in Sekondi, fish prices have been drastically reduced. A pan of fish that was initially sold for GHS800 is now trading at GHS500 to GHS600 and a bucket of fish is now GHS25 to GHS30 instead of GHS50.
While some fishermen have attributed the catch to the closed season, others say it’s too early to make that assertion.
They have called on the government to collaborate with them to sanitize the fishing Industry adding that premix to fuel their vessels has been a major challenge which the government must look into.
Ebenezer York the Sekondi Canoe Owners Association’s Chairman spoke to Skyy News saying, the reduction is due to the bumper harvest in August.
Before the opening of the sea, we some fishes that we sold for GHS800 is being sold for GHS500 today, fish we sold for GHS1,400 is being sold for GHS1100 today.
Naturally, when we experience a bumper harvest, the fishmongers sometimes get overwhelmed and call for help from mongers in other communities, where the catch is low… but if all communities experience the bumper harvest, fish becomes priceless.
A customer told Skyy News that, “the prices and the quantity of fish are better after the closed season, I am buying in bulk and will stock it in my refrigerator, August is a good month for fish.”
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