As a replacement for premix fuel, artisanal fishermen at the Lower Prampram Beach area of the Ningo-Prampram District have turned to the use of super (petrol) mixed with other oils, including engine oil.
Premix fuel, which fishermen use to power their canoes and fishing boats, is in short supply, which is to blame.
Fishermen from all over the nation have expressed some concerns and civil disorder regarding difficulties in the supply of premix fuel to the various landing beaches. The National Fisheries Association (NAFAG) has stated that it is working with the authorities on this issue.
In an interview with the Ghana News Agency at Prampram, Nii Tetteh Nartey III, the chief fisherman of Prampram, stated that because premix fuel was not readily available, fishers were left with no choice but to run their operations on other oils.
The availability of the premix, according to Nii Nartey, has recently presented them with significant difficulties. She added that they were unable to go fishing without the fuel.
He said they spend more money on alternative fuel in an effort to support themselves and their dependents, which raises the cost of fish on the market.
He explained that a canoe could use more than one drum, which, depending on the distance, contains between 60 and 70 gallons of fuel for fishing, in a week.
We have over 300 different canoes here, and depending on their size, each one can hold between 10 and 18 people. Without premix fuel, all of these people who don't have any other sources of income will be out of a job, he continued.
Therefore, in order to make fishing work simple and appealing to young people, the chief fisherman begged the government to make sure that premix fuel has been supplied in large quantities.
Speaking of other matters, he claimed that many fishermen and trawlers continued to use light to fish despite the fact that it was expressly prohibited, and he urged authorities to take rapid action to stop the problem before it had a serious impact on the fishing industry.
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