The Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture in collaboration with the leadership of fisherman association has announced the official closure of the fishing season.
The term ‘closed season’ refers to the stopping of fishing during the spawning period of the fish. Hon. Mavis Hawa Koomson, minister in charge of Fisheries and Aquaculture officially declared the close season on Wednesday June 30 2021 at a short ceremony held in Keta . She called for the support and collaboration from all stakeholders to ensure the successful implementation of the closed season and also cautioned fisherfolks who will not adhere to the rules will be dealt with.
” I am happy to officially announce that the close season for this will start from 1st July and all must adhere to the rules, I will not take it lightly with anyone who flouts the rules “.
She further explained, ” the need for the close season is a way of reducing fishing pressure on stocks when they are most productive in terms of allowing the fish a chance to lay their eggs to replace the lost population due to fishing and other natural causes”.
The close season is in consonant with the fisheries regulations and marine management plan.
The country observed it’s first closed season in 2019 but however did not observe the rule in 2020 due to the deadly covid19 pandemic .
Asked whether there will be some form of support from government for the fisherfolks during the break, the minister indicated that there was not enough funds for that but promised to assist especially the fishmongers .