Ghana Bans Tilapia Imports

Madam AyiteyGhana has banned the importation of tilapia, a popular fish on most Ghanaian eateries’ menu, to spur growth in the local budding aquaculture sector.

Madam Sherry Ayitey, Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture, who announced this in Tema, said the ban would create about 50,000 jobs in the aquaculture sector of the economy, where young unemployed persons are being targeted.

She was on a working visit with Mrs Sena Duah, Deputy Sector Minister, to the Fisheries Enforcement Unit in Tema.

According to her, the ban would help provide the needed market for the youth.

Madam Ayitey said portions of the Volta Lake would be demarcated for all-year round aquaculture.

Meanwhile, the ministry has urged stakeholders to collaborate with it in the enforcement of international and local fisheries laws.

Madam Ayitey, who made the call, said collaborating with government to enforce the laws would ensure a sustainable fisheries’ sector, which would rake in huge foreign exchange into the economy.

She indicated that, for Ghana’s fish to be accepted internationally, all fisheries laws must be implemented to ensure that lights, dynamite, mercury and other dangerous chemicals are not used in the country’s waters.

Madam Ayitey said such chemicals pose health dangers to consumers therefore it was her outfit’s duty to ensure that Ghanaians get healthy fish to consume.

The minister noted that, it was the vision of the ministry to have a vibrant industry which would be a major income earner for the country, and create jobs for the youth.

Captain (GN) Emmanuel A. Kwafo, Director of Naval Training, said as part of the law enforcement, tracking devices have been installed on all tuna vessels and trawlers; and that, it is illegal for any vessels to go fishing in the country’s waters without the device.

Captain Kwafo said, the enforcement team, randomly visit the 300 landing sites in the country to inspect their nets.

He explained that, illegal nets as well as lights used for fishing are confiscated to the state while culprits are arraigned before court.

He however added that the law allows for out of court settlement through the use of administrative penalties. — GNA


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