The Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture and the Fisheries Commission have been urged to make the fisherman the center of fisheries management in order to ensure a sustainable fisheries sector.
Mr Richster Nii Amarh Amarfio, a fisheries advocate who made the appeal, said there was a need to make the fisherman the center of fish management, as this was the only way for fishermen to s ” associate with regulators.
Mr. Amarfio was speaking about trawling on the Ghana News Agency – Tema Industrial Board Room dialogue platform, which aimed to create the necessary opportunity for state, non-state, industrial and other stakeholders to address issues. topical national issues.
He said, “Without making the fisherman the center of fish management, whatever you do, if he’s ignorant or mischievous, it won’t work.”
He added that fisheries management is about human management saying, “we manage the human being to know that you don’t catch juvenile fish or the spawning ones.”
He indicated that if the fishermen were properly educated and developed as to why they should not catch small fish, they would support the various authorities to maintain the fish population in Ghanaian waters instead of going against the laws. .
Mr Amarfio, who is also the secretary of the Ghana Tuna Association, said fishermen need to be made to understand why they should allow fish to grow, noting that the removal of fishermen from management of the fishing industry led Ghana to import 60 percent of its fish consumption.
“Make them understand that they have to fish today for tomorrow and the unborn generations,” he said, adding that when the sardinella sponge is around 50,000 eggs, so if you catch one with the eggs in it, that means you eat 50,000 fish for the price of one, ”he said.
In his view, fisheries management was not about managing stocks and imposing fines and penalties, but rather a holistic management system, of which fishermen are at the center.
Mr Amarfio indicated that even though Ghana has a closed fishing season in place, it does not even have a single closed area at sea that would ensure that no one is fishing in a particular area to protect a stock.
For his part, Mr. Francis Ameeibor, regional director of Tema, said journalists must take action to report on the blue economy, an emerging concept that encourages better management of our ocean or “blue” resources.
“The GNA-Tema regional team is trained in the blue economy to serve as a vanguard for journalists in the blue economy to ensure the improvement of human well-being and social equity, while dramatically reducing environmental risks and ecological scarcities, which form the basis of the blue economy, ”Ameyibor noted.