Fishing moratorium-close season: Minister garners support for effective implementation
| Updated Jul 19, 2018 at 1:28pm
Elizabeth Afoley Quaye - Minister of fisheries and Aquaculture
The Minister of fisheries and Aquaculture, Elizabeth Afoley Quaye, has raised alarm on Ghana's fish stock depleting totally in five years if urgent steps are not taken to address challenges in the sector.
She therefore called for the support of Ghanaians for the effective implementation of the fishing moratorium-close season slated for August 7 to September 4.
Madam Afoley Quaye who said this at a stakeholders meeting in Accra noted that the fishing moratorium has been on the drawing board for some years and the main challenges have been the lack of political will to implement.
She reiterated that Ghana stands to gain a lot if the close season is implemented.
Meanwhile the Ranking Member on the Parliamentary Select Committee on Food, Agriculture and Cocoa Affairs, Eric Opoku, says implementing the month long close season under the fishing moratorium will have dire consequences on the nation.
According to him, this will lead to importation of more fish which can destabilize the cedi.
Mr. Opoku urged scientists to identify areas where fishes spawn during the season and zone the areas so that the fishermen can go about their businesses.