Fisheries Minister visits the Central Region
The Honourable Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development, Elizabeth Naa Afoley Quaye is on a three-day working visit to the Central Region.
Date Created : 4/25/2018 3:19:30 AM : Story Author : Karimatu Anas – PRO MoFAD / Ghanadistricts.com
The purpose of her visit is to meet with three different fishermen groups to deliberate on how fishing activities are being affected in the region and find solutions to them.
Her first port of call was the Central Regional Minister, Hon Kwamena Duncan’s office at the Regional Coordinating Council to formally inform him about her tour of the region.
Speaking at the Regional Minister’s office during the tour, the MoFAD Minister said a survey last year established, small pelagics (baby fish) in Ghana’s water have reduced drastically due to over fishing which calls for drastic measures to be implemented to save the fishing industry.
According to Afoley Quaye, within the spawning and upwelling period fishers have bumper harvests which also falls within the same period that the fish needs to give birth, during that time, fishermen at sea catch both the small pelagics and the fishes together, which makes it difficult and reduces the small pelagics at sea.
“A percentage of the small pelagics are allowed by law for trawlers to catch during fishing,” the Minister noted. She therefore noted that the livelihoods of people needed to be saved but fishers need to trade in line with the law so as to find a middle ground for their predicament.
On the part of the Central Regional Minister, Hon. Kwamena Duncan, who welcomed the entourage to his office, all coasts and shorelines were within the domain of the Hon. Minister of MoFAD and therefore it is right for her to visit.
He said, the leadership of the Ghana National Fishermen and Canoe Council, Ghana Inshore Trawlers Association and the By-Catch Association called on him at his office to inform him about their challenges as fishers and was therefore grateful for the MoFAD Minister’s Visit and hoped for some fruitful deliberations with the fishers.
Hon. Afoley Quaye was accompanied by her Deputy, Francis Ato Cudjoe, and the Director of Fisheries Commission Mr. Michael Arthur-Dadzie.