The latest research from the Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF) has revealed that Ghana’s economy suffers tens of millions of dollars loss annually due to illegal fishing.
Foreign trawlers caused the reason for the poor income of Ghana’s fish populations. They catch the fish in Ghanaian waters and trade it to fishing communities with profit. The fishing costs $50m (£40m) when traded at sea and its worth increased to $81m at harbors.
The executive director of EJF, Steve Trent said that illegal fishing caused the fall of staple fish stock. The scientists have already threatened about the stock to be ended soon if used at same rates. He further called it an organized crime. In these circumstances, small-scale fishers’ income has reduced to 40% in the last decade which forced the country to import fish for local consumption.
EJF said that trawlers catch the fish illegally from water area reserved for artisanal fishers and transfer it to Saiko overnight in 2017. Only 40% of trawlers have made licensed catches while 60% of fishing reported illegal in 2017. Most of the caught fish by Saiko usually contains on juvenile fish which could be a threat for Ghana’s fish populations for future growth.
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