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The workshop, organized by the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development (MoFAD), aimed to highlight efforts of MoFAD and the Fisheries Commission (FC) in combating IUU, identify the challenges being faced and to seek the most effective ways of dealing with them to ameliorate its impact on fisheries, the aquatic environment and fisheries business.


The workshop also provided the platform for the exchange of ideas on improving information gathering to inform fisheries management, interagency co-operation and stakeholder engagement in management enforcement of fisheries, reform of premix fuel management and out of court dispute settlement for fisheries offences.


In a welcome address, Fisheries Minister, Elizabeth Naa Afoley Quaye, expressed the hope that participants would bring to bear their rich experiences in helping MoFAD and the FC chart a course towards sustaining the exploitation of the country’s fish resources.


Ms Quaye noted that combating IUU was a shared responsibility domestically among agencies and internationally among states, hence the need to assemble ministers and senior public officers from various sectors of the economy for the workshop.


In his remarks, the Minister for Food and Agriculture,  Dr Akoto Afriyie, condemned the illegal practices that the fishing industry, especially the small canoe fishermen, had resorted to and stressed the need to take measures to arrest the situation.


Dr Afriyie, therefore, called for collaboration between the citizenry and other players to come up with practicable measures that would grow the industry.


In a presentation, Mr Godfrey Baidoo-Tsibu of the Fisheries Commission, warned of the far reaching consequences of IUU for the long-term sustainable management of fish resources.


Source: ISD (Eva Frempon-Ntiamoah)