Ghana Canoe and Gear Owners Association Decides to Support 2022 Closed Season
Members of the Canoe and Fishing Gear Owners Association of Ghana (CaFGOAG) have decided to support the closure of the 2022 season but have concerns they want the Ministry of Fisheries and Fisheries Development to see. aquaculture responds.
The Association says the closed fishing season for canoe fishermen since its successful implementation in 2019 has become a necessary management measure, especially in the artisanal sub-sector.
They affirmed their support for the implementation of the closed season, adding that it will help restock depleted marine fish stocks.
However, they say there are some concerns which, if addressed, will allow the implementation of the season shutdown to achieve its intended goals.
“In 2021, CaFGOAG provided strong support for the implementation of the fishing season closure and organized numerous community and media engagements to educate anglers, especially canoe owners, on the benefits of the closure. of the fishing season.
“CaFGOAG, in collaboration with other stakeholders, successfully conducted awareness workshops for canoe and gear owners on the role that canoe owners should play to ensure successful implementation,” they said.
According to the association, during the 5th meeting of the National Council held in Keta on April 12, 2022, the National Council decided to support the implementation of the closure of the 2022 fishing season.
Below is the full statement signed by its President, Nana Kweigya.
OPEN LETTER TO THE MINISTER, MINISTRY OF FISHERIES AND AQUACULTURE DEVELOPMENT ACCRA
Dear Hon. Minister,
CONCERNS ABOUT THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE CLOSED 2022 FISHING SEASON
OF THE CANOE AND FISHING GEAR OWNERS ASSOCIATION OF GHANA (CaFGOAG)
Since its successful implementation in 2019, the closure of the fishing season for canoeists has become a necessary management measure, especially in the artisanal sub-sector.
CaFGOAG supports the implementation of the closed season as an important fisheries management measure that will help rebuild our depleted marine fish stocks. However, we would like to bring to your attention some concerns which, if addressed, will allow the implementation of the season closure to achieve its intended objectives.
In 2021, CaFGOAG provided strong support for the implementation of the fishing season closure and organized numerous community and press engagements to educate anglers, especially canoe owners, on the benefits of closure. of the fishing season. CaFGOAG, in collaboration with other stakeholders, successfully conducted awareness workshops for canoe and gear owners on the role canoe owners need to play for successful implementation. Please find attached the press releases to this effect.
During the 5th meeting of the National Council held in Keta on April 12, 2022, the National Council decided to support the implementation of the closure of the 2022 fishing season. In addition, the National Council decided to bring to the attention of the Department and the Fisheries Commission to address the concerns of canoe and gear owners as follows:
1. Fishermen do not oppose closing the fishing season as a management measure. However, confidence in the closing of the season is rapidly diminishing due to mismanagement of fishermen’s expectations and the continued decline in catches, as trawlers continue to land small pelagic species;
2. The growing difficulties of fishing communities and the current economic situation are causing more and more fishermen to oppose the closing of the season;
3. Over two months of pre-mixed fuel shortages and mismanagement of the limited pre-mixed fuel supply are creating unnecessary tension and disaffection among fishers. Premix fuel issues remain the biggest factor fueling unrest against the 2022 closed fishing season;
4. Uncertainty about adequate support during closure;
5. Many fishermen preferred August to July for this year’s closure;
6. Growing understanding among fishers that without appropriate reforms in the trawling sector, no management measures in the artisanal sector will be appealable; and
7. Low level of engagement with canoe and gear owners
In view of the above, it is recommended that
- In communications on the closure of the fishing season, fishermen’s expectations are well managed, ongoing reforms in the trawling sector are mentioned and fishermen are assured of adequate economic support during the closure;
2. Shortage and mismanagement of premix on landing beaches is urgently addressed; and
3. Engagement with fishermen is extended to canoe owners and regular meetings with representatives of artisanal fishermen are instituted.
Please note that as an association, we will continue to engage canoe and gear owners on closing the fishing season and share the sentiments of anglers with you, for a successful implementation.
We respectfully call for a meeting with you to share and discuss with you CaFGOAG’s plans and strategies towards effective implementation of the closed fishing season.
(Chairman – CaFGOAG)
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