240 Scientists Call on Ghana’s Government to Address Fisheries & Coastal Management Issues
Fisheries scientists, fishermen and coastal management experts from public and private institutions in Ghana have issued an urgent call for the Government to address the many problems in fisheries sector to ensure sustainable development of the country. The call is contained in a communiqué that resulted from a 3-day (25- 27th September 2017) conference on fisheries and coastal environment in Accra. The communiqué lists low levels of small pelagic fish stocks, child labour and trafficking in coastal communities, and subsidies that encourage overfishing as some of the problems. It proposes that government should immediately take measures to boost Ghana’s small pelagic fisheries. The communiqué suggests the adoption of closed seasons, reduction of fishing effort and co-management of fisheries resources by fishermen and government as some of the strategies that should be used to enhance the development of our coastal communities.
The full content of the communiqué is available at COMMUNIQUE CFCE 2017_20170930_FINAL