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Ghana aquaculture farmers make new attempt to block tilapia imports by Shem Oirere December 05,2019   |  Source: SeafoodSource

Ghana’s aquaculture sector is asking the country’s Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development (MFAD) to renew and enforce a ban on the importation of tilapia, and to put greater focus on tackling persistent illegal fishing activities around Volta Lake.

The Ghana Aquaculture Stakeholders (GAS) Group has submitted a petition, calling for urgent and decisive action on banning tilapia imports to address a worsening crisis in the aquaculture sector linked to the emergence of diseases that have decimated the tilapia population in Volta Lake. The petition was submitted by GAS founder Patricia Safo to the Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development Kingsley Ato Cudjoe.

Ghana has linked the disease outbreak to viruses introduced in the country’s waters from Southeast Asia. As a result, GAS wants enforcement of a total ban on the importation of all tilapia – alive or dead – into Ghana and also calls for the restructuring and adequate resourcing of the country’s fisheries enforcement unit to make it more effective in enforcing the moratorium.

In addition, GAS has called for government support in the launch of subsidized and monitored fish vaccination to enable fish farmers to restock their farms after a recent survey indicated more than 60 percent of their

 

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