Tropical wetlands — long seen as the reservoirs of much of the world’s biodiversity — are dangerously in decline. Anthropogenic medications and climate variability have resulted in the loss of key ecosystem services and functions. This is a quick peek into the tropical life of a rural fisherman who relies on tropical wetlands as a source of job.Read More
In a classic Tragedy of The Commons scenario, industrial fishing vessels are dredging up small pelagics reserved for the artisanal sector in Ghana, having already depleted higher trophic species. They tip overboard the unwanted. In response, the canoe fishers are resorting to destructive fishing methods, including using bombs to send a shock wave through the water to maximize their catch and light to attract shoals of fish. The artisanal fishers say they will only stop when the Government stops the trawlers. Climate change is magnifying these vulnerabilities to the extent that fishermen in villages do not go to sea because 'there is no fish in the ocean'. Is the future already here?
Fish processors in Ghana trade-off between their livelihoods and exposure to cancer-causing toxicants such as PAHs. Climate-related shocks, overfishing, and other human activities are also shaping the mobility of migrant fishers.