Mr Ackon was speaking at the opening of a two day workshop for fifty (50) executives of the Ghana National Canoe and Fishermen Association in Western and Central Regions, inshore fishers, canoe owners and fishers from Dixcove and Anomabo, representatives from Fisheries Commission, Marine Police, Fisheries Enforcement Unit, Navy, European Union and Civil Society Organizations from the Central and Western Regions at Takoradi.
Mr Ackon said the EU would continue to play its advocacy role to manage the governance of the existing fish stock since it is a valuable resource adding that the EU was also exploring possibilities of creating additional livelihoods for the fisher folks such as the Village Saving and Loan Association(VSLA) to better their lot.
Mr.Kyei Kwadwo Yamoah, Programmes Director at Friends of the Nation, who spoke on the Far Ban Bo (Protecting Fisheries Livelihoods) project, reiterated the need to promote and protect sustainable fisheries livelihoods.
He said the IUU community monitoring groups would be piloted in five communities which comprise 4 coastal and one inland communities namely: Dixcove, Anomabo, James Town, Kedzikope and Kpando-Torkor.
Mr Donkris Mevuta, the Executive Director of Friends of the Nation ( FoN), thanked the EU for funding the Far Ban Bo project to inject sanity into the fishing industry.