Life of a Fisherman

ACR 108-201
  • Meeting and interaction with chief fisherman
  • Insights into the social and economic significance of fishing
Program Overview
Country: Ghana
Depart: 04/01/2017 0700
Return: 04/01/2017 1230
Duration: Half-Day
Difficulty: Easy
Capacity: Min 15 / Max 30

IMPACT Opportunity

Program Fee
$85 (early booking: $80)

Field Work Conflicts
  • PHIL 366 Philosophy of Aging
  • D 110 Understanding Dance
  • AM 250 Clothing, Adornment and Human Behavior

Fishing plays an important role in the economic and social life of Ghanaians, especially those living along the coast of Ghana. Teshie Nungua, a suburb of Accra, is an important fishing town located along the Atlantic coast and is about a 30-minute drive from the port of Tema. Inhabitants of this town and all along the coast of Accra are the original settlers of Ghana called the Ga people.

We will begin the day by paying a courtesy call to the chief fisherman, who will brief us on the various processes of fishing, including preparing to go on a fishing expedition, a typical day or night on the ocean, support from the government, small scale industry association, and the local fishermen association. Later we will witness firsthand fishermen drawing nets with their catch, which is then brought on shore. Fishmongers who are women bargain for the catch, and the price is either paid for in cash to the fishermen or in some form of agreed-upon credit terms. The women then sell the catch to customers who want to buy fresh seafood. All leftovers are smoked in large earthenware ovens in nearby homes before finally being sold in markets. The day will end at the shore again where we will meet more fishermen mending their nets and getting ready for another expedition.

“I loved the structure of the tour and how we got to walk through the village and meet our guide’s family. I really enjoyed this trip.” – Kristen H. Spring 2016 Voyager