Fisheries Ministry Considers Extending Closed Season By A Month
The Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development too says it is considering extending the closed season period by a month. According to the ministry, the one-month additional closed season period too will also be implemented during the minor upwelling season, which is between the months of the December and February.
Speaking at a press conference, sector minister, Mavis Hawa Koomson also indicated that stakeholders in the fisheries industry will be engaged extensively before the implementation. The Ministry has decided on scientific grounds to extend the closed season by one month. The final decision, however, will be made in consultation
with fisheries stakeholders. Hawa Koomson further noted that the Fisheries Enforcement Unit (FEU) has intensified its operations after the 2021 closed season period to also ensure that the gains made during the exercise do not go waste by the continuous practise of illegal fishing. Seven generators and then light fishing
equipment were seized from artisanal fishermen at Ada, and 25 generators and light fishing equipment were all seized from artisanal fishermen at Sekondi. FEU has intensified their operations after the closed season to ensure that the gains from the closed season are also not eroded by illegal fishing activities. Every year, the
government announces a closed season for marine fishing. The policy, which commenced in the 2019, is in accordance with sections 76(3) and 84 of the Fisheries Act, 2002 (Act 625). It forms part of the government’s strategies agreed with stakeholders to also reduce the excessive pressure and over-exploitation of stocks in the marine subsector, and to help replenish Ghana’s falling marine fish stock.