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Ghana’s Fisheries Sector Lacks Transparency, Says New Report

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Ghana has been identified to have poor transparency practices in its marine fisheries sector. The report launch of the assessment of online transparency of Ghana’s Fisheries Management Information, which was conducted by the Fisheries Transparency Initiative (FiTI) and the Centre for Maritime Law and Security (CEMLAWS) Africa with support from Bloomberg Philanthropies, revealed that while data is available within the country’s fisheries administration, most of it is not publicly accessible.

During the launch, stakeholders in the fisheries sector met to evaluate the report and make recommendations for the future. Deputy Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development, Moses Anim, acknowledged the gaps in transparency and recommended that the government implement the report’s recommendations with the support of FiTI, CEMLAWS Africa, and Bloomberg Philanthropies. The assessment is a wakeup call for Ghana to join the Fisheries Transparency Initiative, he added.

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The objective of the report is to improve transparency in the fisheries sector and promote sustainable development. Executive Director of the Fisheries Transparency Initiative, Sven Biermann, explained that public access to information is crucial in contributing to the better governance of fisheries. He added that participatory governance, which involves a balance between national authorities, civil society, business, and media, is necessary to understand and oversee government policies. However, this cannot happen without access to information.

The Team Lead at the Centre for Maritime Law and Security (CEMLAWS) Africa, Dr. Kamal Deen-Ali, also emphasized the need for digital infrastructure and personnel expertise to host and provide access to information. He called for recruitment, refresher training, and expertise within the Ministry and Fisheries Commission to make this possible.

Transparency is essential for the proper management of Ghana’s fisheries and the sustainable development of the sector. For the most part, stakeholders in the fisheries sector must work together to improve transparency and governance by making information publicly accessible. The report’s recommendations must be implemented with the support of government agencies, civil society, and international partners. With greater transparency, Ghana’s fisheries sector can promote sustainable development and contribute to the country’s economic growth.

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