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Forestry Commission warns against turtle-catching [Video]

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The Site Manager of the Forestry Commission of Ada East, Ernest Apenkwah, has declared zero tolerance for fishers who catch and sell turtles, saying the Commission will apply the laws on such persons to the latter. 

Mr Apenkwah therefore warned families and opinion leaders in the communities in Ada East to desist from pleading for recalcitrant fishers catching turtles against the provisions of the laws of the country.

He said turtles play a major role in the marine ecosystem by promoting nutrients, controlling the population of other animals, recycling, and building habitats for other animals, among others.

He said this during a day’s sensitization programme held by Sharks and Rays on the conservation of hammerhead sharks to protect the ecosystem.

Some of the fishermen during the programme said turtles were being caught by some community members.

Mr Apenkwah said in an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA) that “within …

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