Credit: Ivan Venkonwine Kaleo (Ghana)
Golinga Dam is the fishery resource in which fishing practice is taking place. One of the two fishermen lives in Tamele town while the other lives in Gbulahgu Village. Canoes are the common fishing boats operating in the dam; the local name of this canoe is “Narin”; “Dagbani” in local language.
The quantity of fish shown in the canoe was caught after 2-hour fishing trip in the dam whereas the cast net is the common fishing gears in use. The principal fish species in the dam are Nile tilapia, Oreochromis niloticus, Sarotherodon Galilaea, Tilapia zillii, Heterotis niloticus, Brycinus spp and catfish. However, the catch shown in the video consists of Heterotis niloticus (Bigger fish) in the extreme right while smaller-size fish of Brycinus nurse and Oreochromis niloticus are found in the middle. The modest quantity of the catch could be a result of the time of the day they started fishing and also the method used in fishing which is cast method. It may worth mentioning that the Dam is subjected to over fishing.
The Golinga Dam is of importance due to the fact that it is the main source of affordable protein source for the rural people living around the dam and also Tamale Township and beyond. Moreover, the dam serves as the source of water to a number of earthen fish ponds which have been constructed for community management.
Consumer preference is usually skewed toward the bigger fishes, but the smaller fishes are sold at moderate prices.