The Minister for Fisheries and Aquaculture Development, Hon. Mavis Hawa Koomson has underscored the need for members of the National Fisheries Association of Ghana (NAFAG) to maintain strict measures in the discharge of their duties.
The Minister expressed this sentiment when she paid a working visit to the Association on Monday, 22nd March 2021 in Tema.
This comes at a time when the Ministry has resolved to join forces with stakeholders to end Illegal, Unreported, Unregulated (IUU) fishing activities such as, the use of unapproved fishing gears, transshipment (Saiko) and bunkering at sea.
According to her, the marine sector has been a key source of Ghana’s fish production, delivering almost 80 percent of the country’s total supplies, hence it was important to meet with stakeholders in the industry to chart a common course towards helping Ghana increase fish production.
Hon. Koomson charged the Executives to be firm in their dealings and hinted that she would deny license renewal to vessel operators who contravened operational guidelines.
She was accompanied on the visit by the Chief Director of MOFAD, the Executive Director of Fisheries Commission and some staff of the Ministry.
During the interaction, few concerns were raised by members of the association. These included; light fishing and unverified reports by the media on undervaluation cost of fishing license, less correspondence and inadequate support from the Ministry.
The Minister assured that she would meet with Management of the Ministry and other stakeholders involved to ensure that the issues raised during the visit were addressed exhaustively.
Source: Public Relations Unit, MoFAD