Apam is the site of Fort Lijdzaamheid or Fort Patience, a Dutch-built fort which was completed in 1702, which dominates the fishing harbor and town from a rocky peninsula located on the south side of the town. It used to be a major port in pre-independence times but after Tema was built shipping was forbidden. The town has an Odikro (Chief of the town). It is also a major town in the Gomoa Akyempem Paramountcy. It has a lot of fishermen as fishing is the main industry. Apam has a secondary school, an FM station, several churches and a salt winning industry. The Benyah Lagoon is used for producing salt.