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Algal bloom threatens fishing livelihoods along Ghana’s western coast October 27,2021   |  Source: Xinhua

Algal bloom off the western coast of Ghana is threatening fishing livelihoods in the affected coastal communities, a Ghanaian official told Xinhua in an interview.

Mike Abakah-Edu, the regional secretary of the Ghana National Canoe Fishermen’s Council (GNCFC), said the invasion of sargassum, brownish seaweeds of the algae family, is taking a heavy toll on the trade and incomes of the fishermen in the region.

“It is in not only one community, but stretches from Newtown, near the boundary with Cote d’Ivoire, to the eastern end of the western coast-line at Shama town,” said Abakah-Edu.

The GNCFC official said the invasion, which started about 12 years ago, keeps increasing in volume except for a few years and affects the whole fishery, adding the seaweeds also destroyed or damaged the fishing gear such as the nets and outboard motors, increasing their maintenance cost.

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