The ban on fishing announced by the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development and the Fisheries Commission commences today, Wednesday, 15 May 2019.
This closed season period is aimed at achieving sustainable fishing and also help replenish the depleting fish stock in the sea sub sector due to over exploitation and bad fishing practices.
The ministry in consultation with stakeholders agreed to impose the ban in two phases for inshore and artisanal fishers from 15 May to 30 June and industrial fishers from 1 August to 30 September.
Speaking to Class News, sector minister Ms Elizabeth Afoley Quaye urged the fishermen to strictly adhere with the closed season to make it effective.
She said: “We want to see very high level of compliance because last year we were all here when the fishermen complained that we hadn’t had enough consultation with them and so by using the word voluntarily, what I mean is that we wanted them to do it out of their own will. [The closed season] is a management measure that we are implementing and we will need their compliance, their support to be able to implement it fully.