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It is feared Ghana’s Fish industry will soon collapse if stringent measures are not put in place to arrest the decline in the number of fish stock harvested.

For the first time in three decades, the country recorded the lowest catch of sardines, anchovies and mackerels last year.

The repercussion is grave on the health and nutrition of the people likewise the economy.

To address this, the Sustainable Fisheries Management Project, SFMP is collaborating with the media to create awareness on the situation.

The Fisheries sector generates more than one billion dollars in revenue annually and accounts for about 4.5 percent of the country’s Gross Domestic Product.

The sector provides livelihood to about 2.5 million people.

Significantly, fish constitutes 60 percent of the animal protein consumed in the country.

Available evidence indicates a decrease in the stocks of fish due to increasing number of boats and vessels, weak law enforcement and noncompliance with current fishing effort.

A report compiled by sustainable Fisheries Management Project, SFMP of the USAID indicates that last year, the country recorded the worst fish catch in three decades.

Mr Kofi Agbogah of the SFMP said the decline of fish stocks by artisanal fishermen is contributing to social vices and malnutrition.

He said if the issue is not addressed, fishing communities will soon become ghost towns.

He blamed the situation on the impunity in the sector, where violators at the law plead through politicians to get their fines reduced.

A Deputy Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development, Francis Ato Cudjoe, said a programme signed in 2013 with the World Bank to reduce the number of vessels on our waters from 67 to 47 rather saw the number increased to 94.

He said by scrutinising documents of vessels, the number has been reduced to 73.

Media practitioners blamed politicians for the worsening problems in the fisheries sectors, hence their inability to enforce the laws.

GBCONLINE

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