The Ghana National Canoe Fishermen Council (GNCFC) has said practicing social distancing at sea is impossible.
The nature of their work, they say, does not allow for the social distancing directive, which health experts believe is critical to the reduction of Covid-19 transmission in the country.
Chief Fisherman for Osu Alata who doubles as an Executive Member of the GNCFC, Nii Djamodja made this disclosure on Adom FM’s current affairs show, Burning Issues, on Wednesday, May 13, 2020.
He explained that the physical structure of the canoes requires a specific crew for efficient operation, hence the adherence to the use of face masks and sanitisers for prevention.
Mr. Djamodja explained that, even though some members are observing the mask-wearing directive, others are proving to be recalcitrant.
He told host, Akua Boakyewaa Yiadom that the scramble for fish at the shores by fishmongers due to scarce harvest sometimes cause breaches in social distancing protocols at the coasts, making masking wearing and hand sanitising the only applicable of safety.
He further revealed the Council is set to embark on a nationwide public education, even though the Marine Police has already helped them to provide some insight on the Coronavirus to their members.
The Council says finance and logistics to carry out their educational tour is a challenge since the 35-year-old association does not charge dues from members.
They also accused the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development for ignoring them on all Covid-19 preventive activities.
Speaking on the same show, Vice-President of the National Fish Processors and Traders Association, Emelia Abaka-Edu said they are ensuring their members practice the social distancing directive and sanctions would be given to those who will flout the orders.