No compromise on closed fishing season – MoFAD

The Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development (MOFAD) has reiterated its commitment to see through the observance of the closed fishing season scheduled for 15 May 2019 through to 15 June 2019 and 1 August 2019 to 30 September 2019...


The Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development (MOFAD) has reiterated its commitment to see through the observance of the closed fishing season scheduled for 15 May 2019 through to 15 June 2019 and 1 August 2019 to 30 September 2019.

Having reneged on the 2018 closed season to make room for expansive stakeholder consultations, the ministry said it is confident that it is primed to see through the successful implementation of the 2019 closed season.

Last year, the ministry heeded some concerns raised by some stakeholders in the sector and consequently postponed the nationwide closed season so as to exhaustively address the issues raised.

According to the Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development, Ms Elizabeth Afoley Quaye, the ministry has made significant efforts to ensure that the inputs of key stakeholders were taken into account in the lead-up to this year’s closed season.

“This year, we wanted it to be a demand-driven activity. So, we asked the fishermen themselves to give us the date that makes them comfortable. While taking note of the scientific evidence provided to the sector ministry by the researchers, regard was also given to the socioeconomic implications of the implementation of this great concept by the fishermen. In our consultations, we came to a conclusion; the fishermen themselves gave us the dates within which they believe we can observe the closed seasons. So, they gave us the 15th of May to the 15th of June for the inshore and artisanal fishermen. The industrial trawlers also agreed to observe their closed season from the 1st of August to 30th of September,” Ms Quaye stated.

While global fishing best practices acknowledge closed fishing seasons as an effective mechanism for curbing overfishing and many allied ills in the industry, the ministry, in a statement, conceded that any new phenomenon or practice may be inconveniencing from the outset and has, therefore, entreated the stakeholders to cooperate to ensure that Ghana savours the monumental benefits that come with a thoroughly-observed closed fishing season.

In response to calls from certain quarters to rather move the closed season to July 2019, the ministry, in its statement, reiterated that the stipulated date was a collective choice of a greater percentage of stakeholders who also share the notion that the selected date will not affect traditional festivities earmarked around that period.

The ministry, together with its key stakeholders, said it is poised to deliver the government’s expectation of a robust and thriving fisheries sector.

Source: Ghana/ClassFMonline.com/91.3FM



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