The Fisheries ministry and Fisheries Commission have formally opened the sea for artisanal and inshore fishing pursuits to get started efficient June 16.
Sector minister, Elizabeth Afoley Quaye entreated fishing communities to desist from illegal light-weight fishing.
Government this 12 months closed the sea for just one month starting off from Could 15 to June 15 as aspect of steps to regenerate the country’s fast-depleting fish stocks. Industrial trawlers would begin their near year from August 1 to September 30.
Addressing the fisherfolk at Prampram Landing Beach front, Madam Afoley Quaye warned versus illegal fishing stating perpetrators will be seriously dealt with.
“The onus is on all and sundry to safeguard the fisheries sector for posterity. We require to be regulation abiding to keep away from all forms of unlawful, unregulated and unreported fishing.
“The ban is staying lifted but the legal guidelines prohibiting gentle fishing and use of obnoxious chemical substances and unorthodox strategies of fishing are however in pressure,” she stated.
The shut season, which is in accordance with sections 76 (3) and 84 of the Fisheries Act 2002 (Act 625) aims at serving to to lessen extreme strain and overexploitation of fish stock.
Ghana’s Fisheries sector contributes $1 billion in revenue each and every yr accounting to about 1.1% of the country’s Gross Domestic Merchandise (GDP).
Additionally, fish is a major supply of animal protein and livelihood for an estimated 2.9 million people used directly or indirectly.