The Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture, Elizabeth Afoley-Quaye, has postponed the ban on fishing initially scheduled to take effect beginning August 7, 2018.
The Minister, who announced this in Accra on Friday, 3 August 2018, said the ban has been deferred to August 2019 and that fishermen should be ready by then.
An initial ban was supposed to take effect from 7 August 2018 to 4 September 2018 to help increase the country’s fish stock but the Minister said upon further deliberation with stakeholders the ban will not come into effect in 2018.
This was after several consultations, with fishermen and several groups of people indicating that the ban will affect fishing activities and the livelihood of fishermen especially during the annual Homowo Festival of the Ga people.
The fishermen had complained that they were also given the notice of the ban only two months prior to the initially intended closed fishing season.
The Ghana Industrial Trawlers Association (GITA), had also argued that they have already observed a closed season in January and February, 2018 and another closed season within the same year will have an adverse effect on their operations.
Meanwhile, some fishermen along the coast have welcomed the decision.