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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 fisher-folk throughout the designated period. The objective was to engage fisher-folk and other relevant stakeholders on the closed season and to gather essential information pertaining to the closure. Twenty-two fishing communities were engaged.

CEMLAWS Africa launched a report on the findings of the observed closed season and presented relevant recommendations to serve as a guide for future bans. In attendance were relevant stakeholders including Members of Parliament, representatives from USAID, Fisheries Commission, Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development and many other development partners and NGOs.