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?Read More
The eastern tropical Atlantic ocean is filled with so much plastic debris that a poor Ghanaian fisherman had no choice but to remain ashore to fish in one of the most polluted water bodies on earth instead.
Urban poor men risk injury and drowning to swim in the heavily polluted Korle Lagoon — float alongside human remains sometimes — to recover recyclable plastics, which they sell for around $0.17 per kilo.