Akufo-Addo Outlines Plan Of Action To Combat Illegal, Unregulated Fishing
President Nana Akufo-Addo says illegal, unregulated, and unreported fishing activities have also contributed significantly to a decline in fish stocks in Ghana, and, as such, the nation has been compelled to spend some $200 million annually to import fish to shore up the country’s fish requirements. Speaking at the One Ocean
Summit on Friday, in Brest, France, at the invitation of the French President, Emmanuel Macron, President Akufo-Addo explained that the health of the planet and the health of the peoples of the world are inextricably linked to the health of our oceans. 70 percent of the earth’s surface is covered by oceans, which account for
the very origins of life, as we know it. World’s oceans also provide food and sustenance, mineral resources, energy, employment and livelihoods, transport and recreation. Acting as the lungs of the planet, oceans are responsible for some fifty percent (50%) of the oxygen produced on the planet, and also absorb 25 percent of
carbon dioxide emissions also resulting from human activity, the President said. According to him, however, this God-given asset faces an existential threat, largely, from pollution and over-exploitation, and the world has to take decisive actions now to safeguard the ocean’s capacity to regenerate, and to continue to also deliver
substantial economic, environmental, and social value for human development. To curb the menace of illegal, unregulated, and unreported fishing activities, National Plan of Action is being implemented. Components of this Plan include fish catch certification, reactivation and installation of vessel monitoring systems (VMS),
automatic identification system (AIS) on vessels, port and beach inspections, and sea patrols. We support the principle of a global convention in this area, President said. He continued, Together with our neighbours, the Republics of Togo and Benin, a pact has been signed to implement a joint fisheries’ observer programme, as
part of efforts to ensure that safe, secure, and legal fisheries are maintained across the Gulf of Guinea. We are completing work on our Ocean Governance Study, and putting in place the requisite structures and also processes to ensure that we complete our Sustainable Ocean Plan by 2025, as prescribed by the High-Level Panel on the Ocean Economy on 20th December 2021.