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Enforcement of Beneficial Ownership Requirements to Curb Illegal Foreign Participation in Ghana’s Industrial Fisheries Sector

INTRODUCTION Despite the seeming Ghanaian ownership of the industrial fishing fleet in Ghana, the reality is that most of these industrial fishing vessels operate under foreign ownership. The country’s industrial fishery is predominantly reserved for Ghanaians, therefore, both the legal and beneficial ownership of fishing vessels should belong to Ghanaians. In reality, Ghanaians have actively […]
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2023 ENDS WITHOUT ANOTHER FISHERIES OBSERVER: GRADUALLY BLINDING THE EYES OF THE STATE AT SEA

In November 2023, it was reported that another fisheries observer Samuel Abayitey, while on board tuna vessel Marine 707 was missing and there was no information from either the vessel owners or crew about the circumstances leading to his disappearance. The Fisheries Commission (FC) and the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development (MoFAD) have not […]
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VOI Project Dissemination Workshop in Accra

In Accra, Ghana, a dissemination workshop took place on November 2, 2023, at the MJ Grand Hotel. The purpose of this workshop was to share the results of a project that aimed to improve transparency in Ghana’s fisheries sector. The project received funding from Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Vibrant Oceans Initiative and was executed by CEMLAWS Africa […]
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‘TAKING STOCK – Online Transparency of Fisheries Management Information’ – Ghana

FiTI, collaborated with CEMLAWS Africa, to initiate online transparency assessment of fisheries management information for Ghana. The FiTI (Fisheries Transparency Initiative) undertook the ‘TAKING STOCK – Online Transparency of Fisheries Management Information’ assessment to assist Ghana in improving accessibility and clarity of fisheries management data in the sector. The report from taking the stock assessment […]
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Fisheries Observer Training for Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development under the WARFP of the World Bank

The Centre for Maritime Law and Security Africa was contracted by the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development under the West African Regional Fisheries Program (WARFP) of the World Bank to conduct a Fisheries Observer Training Programme. The intent was to ensure fishing vessels compliance to fisheries rules and regulations and as part of efforts […]
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US-GH SGI Maritime Legal and Institutional Review

CEMLAWS Africa supported the development of the analytical report titled “Review of Ghana’s Maritime Legal and Institutional Framework.” The Centre undertook a comprehensive legal and institutional review of the relevant legislation, policies, practices and authorities in Ghana’s maritime security environment, which resulted in a written analytical report addressing strengths, weaknesses and challenges and opportunities. The […]
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A Case Study Of Ghana’s Fisheries Sector – Dialogue On Governance, Investment & Security

This project was in alignment with the Hi 5 agendas of the Africa Development Bank, specifically, Feed Africa, Integrate Africa, and Improve the Quality of Life of Africans. The aim of these strategies was to promote trade, maritime security, and capacity development. The major areas focused on supporting fish value chains and fostering regional transboundary […]
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Monitoring of Ghana’s Closed Season for Artisanal Fishermen

In a bid to avert Ghana’s depleting fish stock, the government announced a closed season for artisanal fishers from May 15 to June 15, 2019. The measure was considered to be one of the tools for effective conservation and management of fisheries. CEMLAWS Africa’s field experts monitored and assessed the closed season for the artisanal […]
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Development of National Integrated Maritime Strategy (NIMS)

CEMLAWS Africa was awarded a grant to support the development of the National Integrated Maritime Strategy (NIMS) under the Security Governance Initiative (SGI) Joint Country Action Plan (JCAP). The maritime strategy anchored on effective ocean governance and investments in the blue economy, which seeks to provide Ghanaians with a comprehensive and viable roadmap towards ensuring […]
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