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Lack of Transparency in Ghana’s Fisheries Sector Threatens Sustainability, Says FiTI

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Ghana’s fisheries sector is facing a severe lack of transparency due to the government’s reluctance to make crucial information publicly available. This lack of transparency is causing significant issues, including illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing, fleet overcapacity, overfishing, ill-directed subsidies, corruption, and poor fisheries management decisions.

According to a report by the Fisheries Transparency Initiative (FiTI), Ghanaian authorities have access to significant information about the country’s fisheries sector, but most of it is not accessible to the public. This lack of transparency makes it difficult for stakeholders to participate in decision-making and for journalists to report on fishing activities accurately.

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FiTI’s report highlighted that there is no public access to information on large-scale fisheries’ payments, catches, and landings in Ghanaian waters. The same is true for fisheries policy documents and management plans. Similarly, information on small-scale fisheries, including vessels, licenses, catches, and fishers, is not available to the public. There is no information on sanctions for major offenses, beneficial ownership registry, imports, and exports.

The lack of transparency in the fisheries sector is threatening the sustainable management of the country’s fisheries resources, endangering marine biodiversity, and jeopardizing the livelihoods of millions of people who depend on fishing for income, food, and nutrition.

The FiTI report recommends that Ghana should address the information gaps by providing a centralized portal for fisheries information and generating comprehensive annual reports on the fisheries sector management. This will help to improve transparency and enable stakeholders to participate meaningfully in decision-making.

For the most part, it is clear that the lack of transparency in Ghana’s fisheries sector is causing significant issues, including IUU fishing, fleet overcapacity, overfishing, ill-directed subsidies, corruption, and poor fisheries management decisions. Ghanaian authorities must take steps to make crucial information publicly available to ensure sustainable fisheries management, protect marine biodiversity, and secure the livelihoods of millions of people who depend on fishing.

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