Ghana attends global fisheries conservation meeting

The Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development, Mr Nayon Bilijo, has stressed Ghana’s commitment in combating illegal, unregulated and unreported (IUU) activities in fishing.

The Minister gave the assurance at the just ended global meeting in Thessaloniki, Greece on the theme: “Global Fishing Capacity – Less Is More” for key stakeholders and NGOs in the Fisheries Sector from all parts of the world.

The European Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Ms Maria DAMANAKI, chaired the meeting which had in attendance the Minister of Natural Resources from Seychelles, Minister of Fisheries from Mauritania, Minister of Fisheries & Aquaculture Development from Ghana, Minister of Food & Fisheries Development from the Netherlands.

Also present were the Deputy Ministers of Fisheries from Morocco, Lithuania, Philippines and Greece all of whom delivered speeches. 

Ghana, the Minister stated, was revisiting all its management plans and legal frameworks to make sure that the Country was seen as one of the leaders on the African continent in the global fishing and that of the tuna world, and added ‘Ghana has been well received and made progressive strides as one of the countries in West Africa with the largest fleet of vessels’.

He emphasised that “less could be more” if Ghana focused more on aquaculture and farm more fish, saying, “Ghana is blessed with lakes”. He, therefore, extended invitation to potential investors to consider Ghana in fish farming as the country had a major deficit in fish production and consumption. 

The Minister from Seychelles expressed similar sentiment, stressing that the country was also looking into “mariculture” as an alternative to replenish her fish stock. 

There was consensus among participants to find a way to minimise the over-capacity and over-fishing due to the use of current technologies and size of vessels in making fishing and harvesting a lot easier than before.

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