Fishermen and Fishmongers at Dixcove in the Ahanta West District in the Western region have asked the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture to retract an earlier statement suggesting that sellers of fish in the area use formalin in preserving their fish.
The Deputy Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture, Aquinas Tawiah Quansah was reported to have said that fisher folk in Shama use formalin, a chemical used for embalming corpses to preserve their fish.
Speaking to Citi News
, Secretary of the fisheries Co-management Forum at Dixcove, Isaac Bassaw said the comments have affected business.
“We are pleading with the authorities. We do not know why they came out with this statement but we are saying that the statement they made has actually affected our production very negatively so we are asking him to come back and tell the general public that we are not doing that,” he stated.
Mr. Bassaw further stated, “When this case came up, the Food and Drugs Board from Western Region conducted the investigation. It is prudent to meet the stakeholders in the fishing industry to discuss or put it on the floor so we deliberate on the issue and investigate to see if it is really true that people are using formalin to preserve their fish.”