Climate Change & Energy
Artificial reefs needed to save the fishing industry
Source: GNA - April 2, 2022
Mr. Richster Nii Amarh Amarfio, Secretary of the Ghana Tuna Association (GTA) has called on the government to create artificial reefs to help save the country’s fishing industry as it is one of the many tools used by marine conservationists to protect fish stock.
Mr Amarfio noted that the reefs could be made from a variety of natural or synthetic materials to provide a stable growing area and habitat for fishes where they could migrate to lay their eggs and replenish.
He said another tool was also to reduce the huge number of canoes and trawlers on Ghana’s seas disclosing that it was unacceptable to have over 4,000 canoes chasing the dwindling stock saying that even though the sea does not dry, the fishes in Ghana’s side was getting finished and if care was not taken the industry would collapse.
Mr. Amarfio, who is also the Director of Operations for Laif Fisheries, stated at the “Ghana News Agency-Tema Regional Industrial News Hub Boardroom Dialogue,” which is a media think-tank platform for commercial and business operators to communicate to the world monitored by Communication for Development and Advocacy Consult (CDA Consult).
Speaking on recent developments in the fishing industry, Mr. Amarfio called on the authorities in the fisheries industry to involve interested parties in the sector during deliberations, “the old notion that players in the industry are unlearned therefore others must make decisions for them is long past.
“We now have people with high professional qualifications, but chose to work in the fishing industry, now we have people with doctorates who are fishermen, we must therefore invite them to the table for discussion for the development of the industry,” Amarfio stated.
Mr. Amarfio noted that the only way to take control of the fishing industry is through pragmatic enforcement of laws, training of seamen, and other key players in the sector.
The Director of Operations for Laif Fisheries explained that the fishery industry globally has measures to monitor, control, and surveillance to ensure compliance to fishery management procedures.
He, therefore, called on the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture to activate its monitoring role to gather information on the fishery sector to assist in developing and accessing appropriate management measures.
Mr. Francis Ameyibor, the Ghana News Agency, Tema Regional Manager, urged the media to upscale the blue economy reportage to ensure that operations on the ocean do not remain there.
He said modern journalism practices demanded a comprehensive dynamic approach to issues that affected society, through which the media must provide a platform for proactive engagement and exchange of ideas towards shaping national development.
Mr. Ameyibor said: “We have progressed from docile journalistic practices where media practitioners depend solely on projecting agenda set by others. Journalists cannot claim to be agenda setters when they are only mirroring what someone wants them to project”.