EU praises Ghana government over $1m fine of Chinese trawler

EU praises Ghana government over $1m fine of Chinese trawler

- An European Union delegation to Ghana has given the Fisheries Commission high marks for the fight against illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing practices

- The Fisheries Commission imposed a fine of US$ 1 Million on a vessel that had juvenile small pelagic on board

- The Ambassador of the EU delegation to Ghana, Diana Acconcia, said such transparent enforcement action needs to be welcomed to deter other operators

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The European Union delegation to Ghana has given the Fisheries Commission high marks for the fight against illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing practices.

The Fisheries Commission. on Sunday, October 13, 2019, imposed a fine of US$ 1 Million on a vessel that had juvenile small pelagic on board during the May-June closed season.

According to the Ambassador of the EU delegation to Ghana, Diana Acconcia, such transparent enforcement action needs to be welcomed to deter other operators from engaging in destructive forms of fishing.

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“By this, I am referring to the fight against IUU fishing practices. The IUU fishing is rife across all fishing sectors in Ghana, from the industrial through to the inshore and artisanal fleets. If we are to save Ghana’s fisheries, all fishers need to abandon their unsustainable and illegal practices, and adopt a more responsible path forward,” she cautioned.

Miss Acconcia said the EU is ready to support the Ghanaian government and fishing communities in the fight to end the highly-damaging practice of Saiko and other forms of illegal fishing.

In other news, General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Johnson Asiedu Nketia, has questioned the intelligence of Head of JoyNews’ Political Desk and host of PM Express, Evans Mensah over comments he made on the Free SHS policy.

Evans Mensah, whilst speaking to Asiedu Nketia, asked if former president John Dramani Mahama, had plans to scrap the Free SHS programme if he comes to power as speculated by the ruling NPP government.

Responding to the issue, the General Secretary known for his cheekiness asked the PM Express host if he knew what the word ‘review’ meant.

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