The Minister for Fisheries and Aquaculture Development, Elizabeth Afoley Quaye has called on fisherfolks in the country to adhere to the ban on fishing to make it effective.
The closed season period which takes effect today, May 15, according to her, is management measure aimed at achieving sustainable fishing and added that her Ministry needs the support of the fisherfolks to be able to implement it.
She made the call today during an interview monitored by ModernGhana on Accra based Class FM.
The closed season period comes at the back of a number of consultations the Ministry had with the various stakeholders in the fishing industry including Ghana Canoe Fishermen Council, Chief Fishermen, traditional rulers and fishmongers from across the country.
Following the consultations an agreement was made to impose a ban in two phases for inshore and artisanal fishers from May 15 to June 30; and industrial fishers from 1 August to 30 September.
The closed season period is aimed at achieving sustainable fishing and also helping replenish the depleting fish stock in the sea sub-sector due to overexploitation and bad fishing practices.