Follow on X This story was produced in partnership with the Pulitzer Center’s Ocean Reporting Network.  In this investigation, Gideon Sarpong delves into the intricacies of the European Commission’s (EC) fishery policies, focusing on the Commission’s actions, or lack thereof, in West Africa. This complex web encompasses critical issues such as...
The Journalists for Responsible Fisheries and Environment (JRFE) is calling on government to end illegal transhipment of fish at sea popularly known as ‘Saiko’ to help better the lives of artisanal fishers. JRFE is worried about how the livelihoods of artisanal fishers in the four coastal regions of Ghana, are...
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 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...
Meridian Port Services Ltd. (MPS), operators of the world-class Terminal 3 at the Port of Tema,  has recently donated 2000 bundles of fishing nets, 35 Yamaha outboard motors of 40 horse-power, and 2 canoes with accessories at a cost of GH¢6million to five fishing communities. These were handed over to...
Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development, Mavis Hawa Koomson, has lauded GOIL for the provision of quality marine gas oil and lubricants to fishing vessels. In a keynote address at a fisheries’ stakeholder meeting on fuel bunkering services for marine vessels in Tema, Hawa Koomson noted that local companies such...
With the European Parliament’s Committee on Fisheries’ voting in favour of a new European Union (EU) law to prohibit the import of fisheries products linked with forced labour, the country risks being punished for such violations. The new law, which was passed July 19, 2023, is meant to effectively address...
The Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development (MoFAD) has disclosed that some twenty completed automated premix outlets will be opened by December in different locations across the country. The move, which seeks to streamline discrepancies in the premix fuel distribution chain according to sector minister Mavis Hawa Koomson, will curb...
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,...
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...

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