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Drive to make bay marine preserve


Drive to make bay marine preserve

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A RENEWED PUSH is being made to have Carlisle Bay declared a marine protected area, a move that could affect some fishermen.

The Coastal Zone Management Unit (CZMU), which is spearheading the initiative more than 20 years after it was first touted, is proposing a 1.3 kilometres demarcated area from Needhams Point, St Michael to the end of Accra Beach, Christ Church.

Water quality analyst at the CZMU Richard Suckoo, who made a presentation to stakeholders on Saturday to seek their input to help guide the necessary legislation, said the sanctuary would mean that some fishermen might have to stop plying their trade in certain areas.

However, he insisted the aim was not to disadvantage any group, but to “marry” the needs of fishers, tourists and other beach users.

“I do see that as part of this process there is going to be some give and take, so there may be in some instances [fishermen] are going to be asked not to fish in certain places but they will get other areas and that kind of thing,” he said. (WILLCOMM)

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