Fishing activities

Ghana to tackle illegal and unregulated maritime activities

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo said Ghana is implementing a strategic plan to tackle illegal, unregulated and marine litter on its seas and fully supports strong global treaties to tackle plastic pollution and marine activities. illegal on the high seas.

President Akufo-Addo said that in Ghana, illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing activities had contributed significantly to the decline of fish stocks.

This, he said, forced Ghana to spend around $200 million a year to import fish to meet the country’s fish needs.

President Akufo-Addo, who attended the “One Ocean Summit”, in Brest, France, said elements of the national plan include certifying fish catches, reactivating and installing vessel monitoring systems (VMS), an automatic identification system (AIS) on ships, port and beach inspections and maritime patrols.

The President said that Ecuador, Germany, Vietnam and Ghana, with the support of the United Nations Environment Program, have convened in 2021 a Ministerial Conference on Plastic Pollution and Marine Litter in Geneva, in Switzerland, to fight against marine litter and plastic pollution in the seas.

“All the facts about what the ocean presents to us have already been stated – 50% of the world’s oxygen comes from the sea…” President Akufo-Addo said, and urged the world to take action. decisive action to safeguard the capacity of the ocean. to regenerate and continue to provide substantial economic, environmental and social value for human development.

Ecuador, Germany, Vietnam and Ghana, he said, were in the process of completing work on the study on ocean governance and ensuring that the necessary structures and processes be instituted to ensure that the Sustainable Ocean Plan is completed by 2025, as mandated by the High Level Panel. on the economy of the sea on December 20, 2021.

At continental level, the Ghanaian President said Ghana would ratify the 2012 Cape Town Fishing Vessel Safety Agreement and expressed optimism that the country would soon deposit its Instrument of Accession to mark the major milestone for the country in building a sustainable blue economy.

Thirty heads of state, who attended the One Ocean Summit in Brest, France, last Friday pledged to do more to protect the world’s oceans from harm.

Led by French President Emmanuel Macron, ideas were presented for an international treaty to tackle plastic pollution and develop marine protected areas on the high seas outside of a country’s jurisdiction, among other things.

The objective of the “One Ocean Summit” was to raise the collective level of the ambitions of the international community on marine issues and to translate the shared responsibility towards the ocean into concrete commitments.