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Methods of Fishing in Ghana: Atidza (Acadja) Brush Park Fishing

Joseph Akagbo and Selassie Tsetsogbi (below) are Atidza/Acadja Blackchin Tilapia (Sarotherodon melanotheron) urban fishermen. Atidza/Acadja Method of Fishing in Ghana Atidza (in Ewe) or Acadja (in Ga) fishermen spend more than 4 hours every month digging up an underwater structure consisting mainly of black mangrove (Avicennia germinans) branches from the muddy bottoms of the Densu […]

September 5, 2020

Tilapia fishing in Ghana: Joseph Akagbo (front) and Selassie Tsetsogbi (back) are Atidza/Acadja Blackchin Tilapia (Sarotherodon melanotheron) fishermen. They use black mangrove woods to create brush shelters to enhance Blackchin Tilapia production in the Densu Delta in Accra, Ghana. Copyright © 2020 Muntaka Chasant

Joseph Akagbo and Selassie Tsetsogbi (below) are Atidza/Acadja Blackchin Tilapia (Sarotherodon melanotheron) urban fishermen. Atidza/Acadja Method of Fishing in Ghana Atidza (in Ewe) or Acadja (in Ga) fishermen spend more than 4 hours every month digging up an underwater structure consisting mainly of black mangrove (Avicennia germinans) branches from the muddy bottoms of the Densu […]

Joseph Akagbo and Selassie Tsetsogbi (below) are Atidza/Acadja Blackchin Tilapia (Sarotherodon melanotheron) urban fishermen.

Atidza/Acadja Method of Fishing in Ghana

Atidza (in Ewe) or Acadja (in Ga) fishermen spend more than 4 hours every month digging up an underwater structure consisting mainly of black mangrove (Avicennia germinans) branches from the muddy bottoms of the Densu Delta lagoon in order to surround a concentration of Blackchin Tilapia that had mistaken the trap for a habitat.

The fishermen usually harvest the entrapped fish every 4 weeks.

Atidza/Acadja in the Densu River involves sinking felled red mangrove brush bundles into the muddy brackish water to form artificial habitats. This provides a nursery environment for many species, including Blackchin Tilapia.

The artificial habitat serves as a sanctuary — a spawning and feeding shelter — for mainly the lagoon Tilapia in the Densu Delta brackish water.

Atidza/Acadja is a major source of livelihood for a lot of fishermen around Dansoman, Tetegu, Glefe, Tsokomey, Bortianor, and Faaanaa.

I will be exploring Atidza/Acadja in the Stories section with video and different sets of photographs — including the impact of felling red mangroves on the ecology of the Densu Delta wetland ecosystems.

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