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The country’s Fisheries Management Plan, which is currently under review, states that the marine fisheries can sustain 48 trawlers. Yet 76 trawlers were licensed as at the end of 2019. Ghana’s fish population is already in dire straits and the arrival into Ghanaian waters of three new trawlers from China...
Senegal has rejected licensing requests for 52 new industrial fishing vessels, after Senegalese small-scale fishers and industrial shipowners raised the alarm. On World Ocean’s Day, June 8, the Minister of Fisheries rejected the requests, in a victory for sustainable fisheries. Attention is now on a similar case in Ghana,...
Covid-19 continues to have an adverse impact on the global landscape. Assets worldwide are depreciating and bankruptcies abound; gold is a new means of storing wealth; stocks are at their lowest and almost worthless - except those of companies that provide the basics. Tullow that once was trading at...
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...
An acrimonious relationship between mining companies and members of host communities, especially farmers over compensation for acquisition of land for mining purposes is a common feature in the country. The absence of a clearly defined legislation covering compensation for the acquisition of land for mining has created a vacuum for...
Ghanaian workers have reported shocking human rights abuses aboard Chinese-owned trawl vessels - from beatings to a lack of drinkable water or basic medicines, and punishing working hours. This abuse of the crew goes hand-in-hand with threats, bribery of fisheries observers, and large-scale illegal fishing. The testimonies, documented in a new...
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...
There is a high risk that seafood caught by vessels fishing illegally in Ghana is entering the EU market, a new report by the Environmental Justice Foundation has concluded Industrial trawlers authorised for export to the EU have been linked to illegal foreign ownership and implicated in the use of...
The Agricultural Development Bank (ADB) has reiterated its commitment to agricultural financing by implementing a strategic plan that will increase the share of Agricultural loans in the bank’s total loan portfolio to a minimum of 50 percent by 2022. The Managing Director of ADB, Dr. John Kofi Mensah, who announced...
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...
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