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NGO launches mobile app to protect marine life

botchway April 1, 2019

By Maxwell Obiri-Yeboah          .
To promote sanitation, protect the lives of fishes in the sea, and support the transformation of minds in the country, a non-governmental organisation, Plastic Punch, has launched a mobile application as part of activities to mark its one year celebration.
The application, which seeks to educate the masses on marine life, also gives an overview about the essence of protecting sea turtles and allows the user play a role in the collection of data to help save the lives of turtles living along the beaches in the country.
It is a fact that jelly fishes feed on fingerlings, and this act reduces the quantity of fishes produced in the sea. The turtles also feed on jelly fishes, but, in recent times, these turtles mistake tiny plastics in the ocean as jelly fishes, and as they consume them, they die.
Mr. Richmond Kennedy Kuaku, Director of Plastic Punch, at the launch of the programme in Accra yesterday, narrated his ordeal that the group, which started with multicultural nationals, with personnel from Ghana, Spain and France, upon embarking on a tour of the New Ningo area, discovered that quite a number of sea turtles were found dead as a result of eating tiny plastics on the shores of the sea.
According to him, the group has since then embarked on several activities in cleaning the beaches within the Ningo community, and also educating the youth about marine life.
He went on that this awareness creation ignited the need for the mobile application, Plastic Punch Sea Turtle Data App, which is currently on Google Playstore, and can be downloaded using any android device, and hoped would go a long way to spread the message of protecting marine life in the country.
Mr. Kuaku encouraged all Ghanaians to be consciously discreet in their activities at the beaches, eschew the rampant dumping of refuse in the environment, and also effect change they want to see in their neighbourhoods.
Activities that went on during the launch of this programme included an art exhibition dubbed plastic planet, lectures on compost production and drama, which was portrayed by children they had mentored amongst them.
Mr.Kuaku expressed that a game app, which is designed to resound the need to reuse plastics and keep the environment clean, is also ongoing and would be launched soon.

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