Effutu Moves To Protect The Muni Lagoon
The Muni Lagoon in Winneba is an important economic resource to the Effutu people. It is a source of fresh fish of various sizes and nutritional value as well as being a tourist site.
This is a special area where migratory birds come to breed and rest during harsh weather in their places of origin. The site as a Ramsar Site is placed under the management of a state official from the Wetlands Division of the Forestry Commission. Notwithstanding all these and the immense benefits the people derive from this lagoon, the area is much abused in its use by the people.
Some of the issues include:
The use of drag nets, garbage disposal, destruction of the protective mangrove vegetation, and long fishing period without a closed season.
A public forum was organized to discuss how best the area could be protected for the benefit of all. Present were the Wildlife personnel, Municipal Assembly officials, Fisheries, chiefs, and the public.
There was the call for the revival of the Site Management Committee, a Task Force to supervise the area together with the Volunteers and the Akosua village Unit Committee. The community members resolved to be more vigilant and support when these units are set up and working. An elder of the Effutu community, Brig (retd) J. Nunoo Mensah who participated in the forum gave much impetus to the discussions. We would do our best to improve the environment and the benefits that will accrue to the people of Winneba.