The deputy minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development, Hon. Moses Anim has assured all stakeholders that, the government through the Ministry in collaboration of the Fisheries commission will make sure they implement the best management plan to better the fisheries sector.
According to him, the Ministry is ready to aid any move to develop, maintain and sustain that industry.
The Member of Parliament of Trobu Constituency in the Greater Accra Region made this pledge at the stakeholders meeting on Validation of the Marine Management Plan organized by the fisheries commission on Monday, 1st February.
The fisheries Commission is directed by Section 42(1) of the Fisheries Act 2002 (Act 625) to develop a Fishery Management Plan for the conservation of the Marine resources.
The Marine Fisheries Management Plan (2015-2019) was developed to halt the declining fish stocks. Lesson learned from the old plan and other scientific data has led to the development of a new Marine Fisheries Management plan (2022-2026).
The meeting created the platform for the Marine sector to improve on its quality work output to the fisheries sector and the Country as a whole.
The various stakeholder had the opportunity to also enlighten the commission and ministry on their problems and one of the problems that run through was illegal fishing by foreigners and also improper supervision of officers put in charge of inspecting license of those in the fisheries and marine sector.
Most of the stakeholder expressed their worries concerning officers who allegedly take monies and allow foreigners to use all sort of illegal means fish including chemicals and machines that are not healthy for our water bodies.
They finally declared their support for the commission and urged them to make this plan a workable one to enable the fisheries industry and its players progressive and to also encourage other to venture in to it.