Marine Fisheries Advisory C’ttee inaugurated

Mrs.Sherry Ayittey Fisheries and Aquaculture (44)The Minister of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Development, Ms. Sherry Ayittey on Wednesday inaugurated a 16-member committee on Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee in Accra.

The committee has Professor Elvis Nyarko, the Vice Chancellor of the Regional Maritime University, as the chairman, Dr. Kwame Boakye Agyei, Vice Chairman; Capt Inusah Abdul-Nasir; Prof F.K.E. Nunoo, Naval Captain Emmanuel Kwafo, COP Asante Apietu, Mr. Alfred Ayah and Mr. Carl Fiati as members.

The rest are Mr. Nicholas Okyere, Mr. George Ampratwum, Mr. Sean Reilly, Mr. Samuel Dotse, Mrs. Eunice Ofoli-Anum, Nana Kojo Condua and Nana Abrenu Darko.

Inaugurating the committee, Ms. Ayittey tasked the members to promote inter-sectoral management of marine resource information sharing, and where appropriate, co-ordinate decisions to feed broader into the Fisheries Commission’s decision making processes.

She charged the members to recommend research priorities to the ministry on matters emanating from relevant scientific Findings relative to the impact of oil and gas exploration activities on marine resources that were within the mandates of the ministry and the Fisheries Commission.

The minister said, the committee had specific objective and responsibilities to advise the ministry on matters relating to implementation challenges in respect of the existing laws and regulations.

She urged the advisory committee to ensure that expertise was drawn from individual members to collectively provide an inter-sectoral and integrative advisory support to the ministry in its policy formulation.

She asked them, to ensure the creation of a common platform towards fostering a mutual strategic co-existence of the off shore oil and gas industry and the enhancement of the marine fisheries sector.

The minister tasked the membership to draw on the expertise of members and other relevant sources to evaluate and recommend priorities and programmes to meet the needs of fishermen and other stakeholder industries that utilized marine resources.

By Daniel Amoo

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