The Director of the Center for Coastal Management of University of Cape Coast, Prof. Dennis Aheto has expressed concern over the illegal activities of Chinese fleets in Ghana’s fishing industry. He believes it as an indictment on the seriousness of Ghana as a country to regulate the fishing industry.
Prof Aheto says the industry is contributing tremendously to the economy as it employs over three million of the country’s population. However, he said, government has not taken any serious initiatives to regulate activities within the industry.
Prof. Aheto speaking on the ATL FM’s Atlantic Wave on Monday while reviewing a report by the Environmental Justice Foundation titled “China’s Hidden Fleet in West Africa, a Spotlight on Illegal Practice within Ghana’s Industrial Trawl Sector”, stated that the illegal involvement of these Chinese fleets has dire consequences on all facets of the nation’s economy and called on government to take immediate action.
The report by the Environmental Justice Foundation an NGO based in the Netherlands has revealed that close to 90% of Ghana’s industrial fishing fleet is linked to Chinese ownership. This is despite the fact that Ghana’s laws clearly forbid any foreign ownership or control of vessels flying its flag.
Prof. Aheto indicated that as fishing is the preserve of the Ghanaian citizen, government needs to commit financial and human resources to revamp the industry and ensure strict adherence to regulations that protect the sector.
Source: LOVE NWANNA/ATL FM NEWS