Ghana escapes fish export ban

Outgoing Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture

Development has disclosed that Ghana was on

the verge of being banned by the International

Commission Conservation of Atlantics Tuna,

European Union (EU) and the United States as a

result of unorthodox fishing in the country.

According to Mr. Nayon Bilijo, "The European

Union, for example, threatened to ban the

importation of fish and fish products from

Ghana as part of global fight because of the use

of agro-chemicals in fishing."

The minister noted that Ghana engaged in

dialogue from 2010 to 2012 to address the

problems confronting the local fishing industry.

Mr. Nayon Bilijo, who made this known during

the inauguration of GHAVIE Shrimps Pilot

Project at Ada-Foah in the Greater Accra Region,

said the International Commission Conservation

of Atlantics Tuna, EU and US rescinded their

decision because of government's fight against

the unorthodox fishing practices, which have so

far yielded a lot of dividends.

GHAVIE Company Limited is a Ghanaian and

Vietnamese partnership. It is the first shrimps

farming project on the Africa continent with the

capacity to produce 15 million shrimp post

larvae per month and create 2,000 jobs for

Ghanaians within a period of five years.

The fisheries minister noted that the use of

unorthodox fishing methods had negatively

affected the industry.

He mentioned that the Fish Health Unit would

continue to discourage the use of chemicals and

fishing with light along the coast in the country

in order to create jobs.

Nene Abraham Kabu Akuoko, Paramount Chief of

the Ada Traditional Area, who was the chairman

for the occasion, appealed to government to

continue to bring in investors that would be

ready to create job opportunities for the youth

in his area.

The traditional area has abundant natural

resources, he said, and called for partnership

that would prevent the migration of the youth.

He also promised to release adequate lands for

investment ventures.

Source: Daily Guide

Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku

I am a Ghanaian Broadcast Journalist/Writer who has an interest in General News, Sports, Entertainment, Health, Lifestyle and many more.

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