The Fisheries Commission has begun a series of consultative forums with the media and some civil society organizations to make input into the Fisheries Development plan before implementation. It is also to educate the public on its activities and the current state of the industry. The Chairman of the Commission, Mike Acheampong spoke on the need for society to protect the Fisheries industry.
He said the industry is endowed with a lot of benefits which when tapped will help promote economic potential, economic growth and development.
He said with a bit of political will to invest, the sector can contribute immensely towards GDP, create employment and ensure food security.
Mr. Acheampong called attention to “open access fishing”, which is inimical to the local fishing industry.
The Deputy Director, Monitoring and Evaluation, Doris Yeboah said her out fit will continue to ensure that fisher folks practice their trade without any difficulty.
A participant, Tony Dogbe identified certain loopholes in the fisheries Development Plan which he said is vague.
He said a phrase like irresponsible fishing can create ambiguity and therefore needs to be reviewed.