For distribution at a subsidised price to artisanal fishermen in the country’s numerous fishing communities, the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development (MoFAD) has purchased roughly 6,000 various fishing nets for about GH6 million.
According to Samuel Denkyi Antwi, the Principal Procurement Manager of MoFAD, the distribution of the fishing nets, which is anticipated to occur soon with the start of the new fishing season, is an intentional move to help combat “fishing illegalities.”
The ministry intends to get rid of rubber-made monofilament fishing nets and other illicit fishing gear that is commonly used by artisanal fishermen from the local fishing business.
Mr. Denkyi said the move is supported by the Ghana National Canoe Fishermen Council (GNCFC), which has been extensively involved in the efforts to ensure artisanal fishermen use the right fishing nets in their work.
“The council had already said it will be welcoming for government to assist the work of artisanal fishermen in that manner, and subsequently came up with modalities for the distribution,” he revealed.
He further said fishermen would be required to make payment (the subsidised cost) before accessing the new fishing nets which will soon be made available at the various landing beaches.
“The ministry decided to begin with 6,000 nets to see how it will go. We are still asking them to come out with their requests so that we will be able to know the quantities of fishing nets that we will be able to procure and provide for them,” he added.