Ghana: Lake Volta Fisherman

Wisdom heads out onto Lake Volta to check the tilapia cages

Wisdom heads out onto Lake Volta to check the tilapia cages

 

 

Wisdom with his paddle and canoes

Wisdom with his paddle and canoes

Wisdom and some of his workers checking the young tilapia in a cage

Wisdom and some of his workers checking the young tilapia in a cage

A young tilapia fish, Lake volta, Ghana

A young tilapia fish, Lake volta, Ghana

Wisdom heads back to shore after checking the tilapia cages

Wisdom heads back to shore after checking the tilapia cages

There’s a good reason Wisdom Yao Nyador, who doesn’t know how to swim yet, spends most of his days on the waters of Lake Volta in Ghana.

Tending to their tilapia several times a day, he and others workers climb into small wooden canoes and paddle out to 4 cages anchored in the deeper parts of the lake. They hop on bobbing narrow wooden frames supporting nets and throw out feed to the always hungry tilapia.

Wisdom, 27, graduated from college to be a pastor, but he saw a great need for employment among the people in rural communities. Motivated to learn about tilapia farming to help his people in a practical way, he is now the farm manager and is learning to swim.

“Ghana imports 54 per cent of its fish,” he explains. His hope for the farm is “to become one of the largest tilapia producing farms in Ghana. I believe in this project. One of our visions is to become self-sufficient and be able to help out many mission projects we have…and in order to give employment to people in the community.”

Call to Action: To help the fish farm on its way to self-sufficiency, contribute via Ghana Christian Mission

All photographs ©Copyright Gary S. Chapman

Technical:

(Nikon D4, 70-200mm f2.8 @200mm, 1/3200 sec, f2.8, ISO 160)

(Nikon D4, 35mm f1.4 1/6400 sec, f1.4, ISO 100)

(Nikon D4, 24-70mm f2.8 @42mm, 1/320 sec, f8, ISO 200

(Nikon D4, 24-70mm f2.8 @70mm, 1/3200 sec, f2.8, ISO 200

(Nikon D4, 70-200mm f2.8 @200mm, 1/6400 sec, f2.8, ISO 160)