In the Central Region fishermen are calling on the government of Ghana to ensure that all forms of illegal fishing methods are stopped to give meaning to this year’s closed season.
It is declared by the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development in collaboration with the Fisheries Commission announced the closure of 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 the fisher folks, the observance of the closed season this year will mean nothing to the fishing industry if dynamite fishing, transshipment, light fishing and other illegal fishing methods are still in force.
The fishermen disclosed this when the EU Council African working party interacted with fishermen along the coast.
The government postponed in August 2018, the closed fishing season for all fishers because there were many disagreements on the fronts of the fishermen.
Thus, the government deferred the closed season to 2019 where it was hoped that the issues that arose could be resolved.
Fishermen in the Central Region want the government to do more than it is currently doing to fight illegal and unregulated fishing activities.
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