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 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 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...
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...
Ekumfi Otuam District in the Central Region of Ghana will also benefit from fish landing  site project as the Minister of Transport, Kweku Ofori Asiamah, announced the construction of an additional fishing port and landing site in the area. Otuam is well known as the hometown of the former and...
The Fisheries Committee for the West Central Gulf of Guinea (FCWC) is holding its 14th Session of the Conference of Ministers meeting from 11 – 13 January 2023 in Accra  to Advance Regional Fisheries Cooperation. The Ministers of the six FCWC Member States including  Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria,...
The role of women in the Fisheries and Aquaculture sector is vital in providing household nutrition and food security. In terms of livelihoods or labour force, the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nation’s State of the Worlds Fisheries and Aquaculture Report of 2022 estimated that women accounted...
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 Ghana National Canoe Fishermen Council (GNCFC) has laid an embargo on new entrance of canoes from various landing beaches across the country's coast, effective January 2023. Members have established a three-year moratorium - a measure to limit the number of canoes fishing along the country's coast to make the...
About 77 percent of the total registered 76 trawlers operating in the country’s waters have been denied license renewals for failing to meet seaworthiness requirements, Fisheries and Aquaculture Development Minister (MoFAD) Mavis Hawa Koomson has revealed. In July last year, the ministry issued a directive on specifications of gear to...