Creation of a regional monitoring, control and surveillance center to deter illegal fishing
Economic news for Tuesday, May 18, 2021
Source: Look at the harbor
The Central West Gulf of Guinea Fisheries Committee has launched a regional monitoring, control and surveillance center in Tema.
The mechanism aims to meet the main challenges of the fight against illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing in the West African sub-region through enhanced regional cooperation.
Speaking at the launch, Fisheries Minister Mavis Hawa Koomson lamented the impact of illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing which she said is having a negative impact on fishery resources and loss of income for the country estimated at millions of US dollars.
“This loss of income could be used to improve the livelihoods of coastal communities and reduce poverty. I have been informed that IUU fishing is increasing in our sub-region due to the economic benefits obtained by those involved in the law. I have also been informed that no country can fight against IUU fishing. The launch of RMCSC therefore came at an opportune time. It is time to collectively tackle the threat, ”she said.
She urged member states of the West Central Gulf of Guinea Fisheries Committee to show more commitment to tackling illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing, revealing that the government of Ghana has initiated the process of acquisition of four patrol vessels and one research vessel. to help fight the illegal act.
HE Diana Acconcia, EU Ambassador to Ghana, said better fisheries management could increase global catches by 20%.
She said the EU was firmly committed to eradicating illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing globally and was taking strong and structured action in this direction.
“I think that IUU fishing is part of the action of the European Union within the framework of the 2030 agenda for sustainable development. This is the EU’s contribution to achieving the SDG life underwater goal, ”she noted.