An unannounced monitoring exercise by the Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development (MoFAD), Hon. Elizabeth Afoley Quaye and her team has led to the arrest of 18 fishermen at sea over the weekend.
The fishermen were engaging in light fishing along Prampram, Tema, Nungua and Teshie. Nine generators and electrical cables were retrieved from the fishermen.
Addressing the media after the exercise, Hon. Afoley Quaye expressed disappointment at the level of illegal fishing in Ghanaian waters despite the numerous sensitisations.
She indicated that “the increase reports of illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing practices in Ghanaian waters is leading to the fast depletion of the Country’s fish stock, compelling the Fisheries Ministry to devise stringent measures to curtail the phenomenon if not stopped completely”.
She said it was their expectation to consolidate the gains with the success of the closed season, however the bad fishing practices by some fishermen is still affecting the fish stock. She stressed that the Ministry will ensure the perpetrators are prosecuted.
Hon. Afoley Quaye reiterated that the routine monitoring will continue and the laws will take its course.
The Minister was accompanied by the Deputy Minister for Fisheries, Hon. Francis Kingsley Ato Cudjoe, Chairman of the Premix Fuel Committee, Nii Lante Bannerman, and Head of Monitoring, Control and Survey of the Fisheries Commission, Mr. Alex Sabah and some Officers of the Fisheries Ministry and Fisheries Commission.