General News of Wednesday, 2 January 2013

Source: Daily Graphic

James Town fishermen catch e-waste

These days, instead of the fishermen at James Town in Accra catching fish in their nets, the nets get full of garbage as result of waste products dumped into the sea by residents along the beach.

Some of the fishermen believe the overflow of refuse from the Korle Lagoon accounts for the of garbage that get trapped in their fishing nets.

One of them, Nii Ayi Quaye, complained bitterly about the situation and said it was alarming and that something must be done by the authorities.

The Coordinating Director of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA), Mr Sam Ayeh Darteh, told the Daily Graphic two years ago that the assembly had contracted Zoil Ghana Limited, a subsidiary of Zoomlion Company Limited, to clean the filth along the beaches.

Mr T.N.D. Magoah, the Founder of the Ghana Environmental Awareness Association, said the Korle Lagoon had become one of the most polluted water bodies in in the country and that his outfit sometimes undertook educational campaigns along the beaches on cleanliness.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), the eating of contaminated fish and shellfish was the main source of methylmercury exposure, especially in populations that rely heavily on the consumption of predatory fish.

It said cooking did not eliminate mercury from fish.

The WHO is preparing a guidance document for risk managers that will use national exposure assessments to determine the appropriate risk management options, bearing in mind the nutritional benefits of fish consumption.