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Gov’t to extend closed fishing season

Source The Ghana Report/Sefanam Agbobli

The Minister for Fisheries and Aquaculture Elizabeth Afoley Quaye, says the closed fishing season will be extended from one to two months next year.

The closed season, which prohibits fishers from going to sea, was observed between May and September this year, with majority of artisanal fishers observing it between May and June.

It seeks to address the dwindling fish stock in the country’s waters.

According to the minister, the fisher folk had so far embraced the closed season concept and called for its extension.

“It is worth noting that the fishermen have collectively supported this idea of the closed season and believe that next year the closed season should be held for two months” she said.

Mrs Quaye stressed that the recovery of the depleting fish stocks was crucial to ensuring fishing was sustained.

She added that the livelihood of fishers and fishing communities also needed to be improved.

“The ministry will continue to count on the co-operation of industry players in the implementation of the subsequent closed season”.

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