Ms. Elizabeth Afoley Quaye, The Minister for Fisheries and Aquaculture Development
The Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development in collaboration with the Fisheries Commission will close the season for artisanal fishing from Wednesday, May 15, 2019, to Saturday, June 15, 2019.
The decision is aimed at reducing the over-exploitation of fish stocks in Ghana’s marine waters. Besides, it forms part of measures to regenerate Ghana’s fast-depleting fish stocks.
According to scientific research, one fish can lay over 25,000 eggs during the spawning seasons and, therefore, if the fishes are left for that period, stocks will increase substantially.
This will be the second closed season of the year. The first was implemented by the Fisheries Commission in January to February for only Tuna fleets, with the 3rd closed season for industrial trawlers expected to commence from July to August this year.
The representatives of the fishermen shifted timeline, before the agreement on this timeline for the closed season for fishing.
Three different timelines were given by the canoe fishermen before finally agreeing on the current timeline for a communiqué to be issued.
The closed season in 2018 was supposed to take place in the month of August, but was later postponed to 2019 due to ill preparation on the part of fishers.
Ms. Elizabeth Afoley Quaye, The Minister for Fisheries and Aquaculture Development per agreement with all stakeholders, announced the new closed season timelines last Tuesday at a stakeholders’ engagement in Tema.
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