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The Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development (MoFAD) has said it will penalise all fishers who refuse to use approved fishing nets, effective September this year. The use of unapproved nets alone in fishing is said to be costing Ghana more than US$30million each year, according to the Environmental Justice...
The total value of seafood and fish products imported into Ghana amounted to US$290million last year, a marginal increase of less than 1 percent over the preceding year’s value, latest report by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has indicated. The report, dated March 22, 2022, said the amount...
The Fisheries Committee for the West Central Gulf of Guinea (FCWC) has held a validation workshop on safety and decent work in Ghana’s fisheries sector. The workshop brought together stakeholders across Ghana’s fishing sector to discuss options and obstacles to achieving safety and decent working conditions for all fish workers in Ghana. This...
The Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development (MoFAD) has issued a directive to industrial trawlers to make sure they use appropriate fishing nets to prevent catching disproportionate amounts of juvenile and small pelagic fish. The small pelagic fishery is the mainstay of small-scale fishers, with around 2.7 million Ghanaians depending...
The European Union in recent years has demonstrated its interest in the way the fisheries sector is managed in Ghana and neighboring countries towards sustainability. As such it has invested in various ways including funding for projects expected to enhance the sector such as the Programme for Improved Regional Fisheries Governance in Western...
It is no news that Ghana’s fisheries sector has been fraught with a myriad of challenges. These challenges according to experts are threatening the future of the sector. Speaking to Eye on Port, Dr. Kamal Deen-Ali, the Team Lead at the Center for Maritime Law and Security (CEMLAWS) Africa, expressed...
The Minister for Fisheries and Aquaculture Development, Mavis Hawa Koomson, has stated that Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing is threatening the sustainability of fisheries and affecting efforts to rebuild depleted fish stocks, hence plans are far advanced to acquire boats for increasing vigilance in the country’s waters to...
The Ghana Tuna Association (GTA) has called on the government to use the implementation of the Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) to create a market for tuna in the landlocked countries. AfCFTA, which has its headquarters in Ghana, is estimated to boost intra-African trade by over 52 per cent...
Fish found in water-bodies surrounding the Tarkwa and Damang mines are healthy, according to Gold Fields Ghana which operates both gold mines located in the Western Region. Results of analyses conducted last year by the Environmental Monitoring Laboratory of the University of Mines and Technology, (UMaT) show that the fish...
Ghanaian fisheries observers are bribed, threatened and abused at sea, investigations by the Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF) have revealed. These conditions have enabled rampant illegal fishing in Ghana’s waters. Action is urgently needed to ensure the safety of these individuals, to curb illegal fishing, and to safeguard coastal livelihoods...
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