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Ghana: Fishing has no future if government fails to stop illegal fishing – Expert warns September 10,2019   |  Source: Ghana Web

The fishing industry is bound to collapse in the next 15 years if government does not clamp down on illegal fishing activities, which are fast-depleting the country’s fishing stock, Dr. Evans Kwasi Arizi, an aquaculture scientist, has said. The small pelagic resources, particularly sardinella, are on the verge of collapse. His research revealed that annual landings have been in decline for more than a decade. The small pelagic fish stocks are composed of round sardinella, flat sardinella, mackerel and anchovies. These four species represent more than 80 percent of the total small pelagic fish stock in Ghana. He said the drastic decline in landings is due primarily to overfishing and overcapacity of the fishing fleet.

“Fishing pressure is driven largely by the artisanal fleet operating under open access rules, using bigger and more efficient fishing gear and technologies,” he said. Dr. Arizi presented his research paper to the Scientific and Technical Working Group (STWG) of the Ghana Sustainable Fisheries Management Project (SFMP) in Accra, and said even if government implements a 3-month closed-season, without proper regulation of the fishery sector it will not bring the expected results.

Though he admits that a longer period of closed-season for the fishery sector

Theme(s): Fishing Craft, Gear and Fishing Methods, Freshwater ecosystems and threats, Landing Centres, Post Harvest Technology and Trade, Others, Coastal Ecosystems and Threats, Communities and Organisations, Fisheries Development and Aquaculture, Fisheries Resources.

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