The Canoe Owners Association requires firm assurance that industrial vessels will not fish during the closed season
The Ghana Canoe Owners Association is asking the Fisheries Commission for firm assurance that industrial vessels will not fish at sea as artisanal fishermen religiously observe the closure period announced by the Commission.
By letter of May 5, the Fisheries Commission informed stakeholders of the date of the closure period, with artisanal and coastal fleets from July 1 to 31 and industrial fleets from July 1 to August 31.
But the association said that even if it had agreed to observe the shutdown period this year, the Commission should properly inform them about the implementation processes.
The Association, in a press release, âIt should be noted that closing the season as a management measure can never be effective when IUU is not addressed.
âThe Commission should be clear with us on how IUU in the industrial and artisanal sub-sectors is treated. The absence of this raises serious questions regarding the implementation of closed fishing periods. “
Canoe owners say it has become necessary to draw the attention of fishing industry players and the general public to the fact that the implementation of the 2021 closed fishing season is threatened by weak commitments from the Department of Fisheries and the Fisheries Commission.
âIt should be noted that closing the season as a management measure can never be effective when IUU fishing is not addressed. The Commission should be clear with us on how IUU in the industrial and artisanal sub-sectors is approached. The absence of this raises serious questions regarding the implementation of closed fishing periods, âhe said.
As key players in artisanal fisheries, the association has therefore written to the minister of the sector to involve them in their concerns in order to make the closed season effective, and they hope that the ministry and the Commission will heed their call for the good of sea fishing.