Ministry of Fisheries inaugurates nine-member advisory board

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The Ministry of Food Development and Aquaculture (MoFAD) has appointed a nine-member advisory board to advise the sector minister on fisheries industry management and policy formulation.

Its mission is also to promote interaction between the ministry and its users.

This is a mandatory requirement expected of ministries under section 39 of the 1993 Civil Service Act (PNDCL 327).

The board, chaired by the sector minister, Ms. Mavis Hawa Koomson includes Mr. Moses Anim, deputy at MoFAD; Mr. Kwesi Armo-Himbson, Chief Director, MoFAD and Mr. Eric Agyeman-Prempeh, Director General, National Disaster Management Organization (NaDMO) as members.

The others are; Captain Inusah Abdul Nasir, Director, Ghana Maritime Authority; Mr. Edwin Bekoe, Director, Ministry of Food and Agriculture; Ms. Charlotte Antwi, Managing Director of C-Fast Company Limited; Ms. Ophelia Mensah Hayford, MP for Mfantseman and Mr. Simon Agah, Acting President, Ghana National Fisheries Association.

Inaugurating the Advisory Council in Accra on Thursday, Ms Koomson said the ministry was implementing a number of policies and projects to transform the fisheries and aquaculture sector to enhance its contribution to national development.

Among the policies include; the fisheries sector co-management policy; annual closed seasons; Aquaculture for food and employment; creation of the Anomabo Fisheries College and national aquaculture and commercial farm projects.

However, she admitted that the fishing and aquaculture sector faces several challenges, including illegal fishing.

The ministry said this required urgent attention and collaboration from relevant stakeholders to address these challenges to ensure the sustainability of the sector for present and future generations.

“I hope you will bring your diverse knowledge and experiences to implement these policies and projects and address the challenges facing the sector,” she said.

The minister, who previously inaugurated an 11-member board of directors of the Fisheries Commission, said the government was determined to tackle illegal fishing, commonly known as “saiko” along the country’s territorial waters.

She said about five people had so far been arrested, prosecuted and fined for illegal fishing, adding that the ministry was taking other punitive measures, including suspending the supply of premixed fuel to fishermen in some. communities who have engaged in this illegal act.

Ms. Koomson said the department would distribute more than 17,000 (17,000) bags of food to beneficiaries of one of the government’s flagship programs, the Aquaculture for Food and Jobs (AFJ) initiative to increase fish production.

She said the ministry was also in the process of acquiring a research vessel for the country to facilitate detailed analyzes and studies of the ocean arena and improve the sector.

Mr. Agyeman-Prempeh, in a remark assured the Minister of their unwavering support to ensure the development of the sector.


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