Mr Michael Arthur-Dadzie, The Chief Director of the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development says Fish Production has been decreased in Ghana from the average of 289,000 tonnes a year to 203,000 tonnes over the last 5 years.
Mr Michael Arthur-Dadzie said the causes of turn down were being observed even though the number of fishing boats, nets and fishermen had increased.
The chief director was speaking at the closing session of a 10-day training of 100 fisheries compliance observers as part of activities under West African Regional Fisheries Project (WARFP) to reduce illegal fishing and sustain fisheries management in Ghana.
Mr Arthur-Dadzie, who spoke on behalf of the sector minister,said: “total fish production has hovered around 400,000 tonnes for many years and there are strong indications, however, of decline in fish production of important fish stock such as Sardinella, even though fishing capacity and efforts have been increasing.”
He stated that the decline had been attributed to weak enforcement of fisheries laws and regulations over the years which had encouraged the use of harmful and unapproved fishing gear and methods, but gave an assurance that “the Ministry of Fisheries has dedicated to implementing the WARF-P to deal with such irregularities in the fisheries industry”.
Mr Arthur-Dadzie said enforcement would build up governance and management of the fisheries sector, control access, reduce over fishing, and reinstate productivity in the industry.
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