Ministry of Fisheries inaugurates enforcement unit
He said the ministry had directed the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with some selected marine organisations to strictly enforce the law which prohibits illegal fishing practices on the sea and lakes across the country
Mr Bilijo said the unit would work together with the selected agencies to form a multi-agency functional body, to overcome foreign vessels which strayed into the country’s waters.
He noted that unprotected territorial waters promoted illegal activities which were detrimental to local fishermen and contributed to poverty and deprivation.
Mr Nayon Bilijo said the inadequate law enforcement capacity of Ghana’s fisheries authority, had allowed economic saboteurs to infiltrate the industry.
He also recounted some of the dangers that had come out as a result of those acts, saying ‘these acts have also become a concern to the tuna exports trade’.
Mr Bilijo noted that as a result, some EU countries have stopped Ghana from tuna export because of such suspicious behaviours.
According to Mr Bilijo, the Ministry of Fisheries and Acquaculture Development (MOFAD) was acting accordingly to put in place measures to restore confidence in the tuna industry and the entire fisheries sector.
By Victor Crabbe/Daily Graphic/Ghana
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