President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has expressed concern about the economic consequences of illegal fishing.
Illegal, unregulated, and unreported fishing activities, according to Mr. Akufo-Addo, have played a substantial role in the depletion of fish populations.
To that end, he claims, Ghana is forced to spend around $200 million (US$200 million) each year on fish imports to meet its needs.
“On Friday, February 11, 2022, I attended the One Ocean Summit in Brest, France, at the invitation of H.E. Emmanuel Macron, President of the French Republic.
“I stated in my statements that illicit, unregulated, and unreported fishing operations have played a substantial role in the depletion of fish stocks in Ghana.”
“As a result, we are forced to spend around $200 million (US$200 million) each year on fish imports to meet our seafood requirements.”
“A National Plan of Action is being undertaken to combat the threat of illicit, unregulated, and unreported fishing activities. This plan includes fish catch certification, vessel monitoring system (VMS) reactivation and installation, automated identification system (AIS) on vessels, port and beach inspections, and marine patrols. Following his speech, he posted on Facebook, “Ghana also supports the notion of a worldwide convention in this domain.”