Tuesday, September 28, 2021
Local fishermen can expect to power their fishing boats with state-of-the-art outboard motors as the Agricultural Development Bank (ADB) pre-financed the purchase of 1,300 outboard motors at a cost of GH¢19.8million for the Coastal Development Authority (CODA) and the Ministry for Fisheries and Aquaculture Development. The 1,300 outboard motors, which...
If properly enforced, Ghana’s new 2019 Companies Act will make it much more difficult for Chinese fishing corporations to illegally use Ghanaian ‘front’ companies to obtain local licences, a legal analysis has confirmed. Designed to improve transparency in company ownership and reveal any vested interests, the Act requires clear identification...
… calls for sustainable fisheries management decision-making Illegal fishing is considered globally as a fundamental driver of overfishing threatening marine ecosystems. Illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing puts food security and regional stability at risk. On a broader perspective, West Africa’s IUU accounts for approximately 40% of fish caught. This estimated...
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,...
The Ghana National Canoe Fishermen’s Council and eight NGOs have called on President Nana Akufo-Addo to intervene to end the damaging illegal fishing practice known as ‘saiko’. This practice, according to them in an open letter sent to the president, is driving crucial fish stocks to the point of collapse...
For the first time in three years, the countries fishing sector has shown signs of a promising future as figures from the Ghana Statistical Service indicate it has finally recorded growth after a period of contraction. The fishing sector has been in abysmal form since 2017, when growth contracted to...
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...
The global spread of COVID-19 and the rising number of coronavirus cases in Africa are fuelling anxiety about negative economic growth, failing healthcare and collapsing food systems We are facing great uncertainty on the African continent. The global spread of COVID-19 and the rising number of coronavirus cases in Africa...
Ghana’s sardinella fishery provides food and livelihoods for coastal communities and is more important than ever as coronavirus spreads. It is under severe threat from illegal targeting by industrial trawlers in a trade known as ‘saiko’. Now a report from the Environmental Justice Foundation has revealed that the samples...
Fisheries Advisor for the Sustainable Fisheries Management Project (SFMP), Kofi Agbogah, has called for the Fisheries Act to be amended to help support the Co-management Policy that has been identified globally as an international best practice in fisheries management. “Fisheries Co-management is a strategy for managing Common Pool Resources, whereby...
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