“The Ministry is considering getting [fishers] to adopt alternative livelihoods.” -Nayon Bilijo, Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development for the Government of Ghana
Not unlike other fisheries in some developing nations, Ghana’s fisheries are struggling in the face of dwindling stocks and issues secondary to development. In response, the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development is undertaking a series of initiatives to both replenish stocks and provide alternative income to fishers.
“Now, the plan is this,” says Bilijo, “we have to align our fishing capacity and efforts to sustainable catch levels and to supporting fishers affected by the reduction with alternative livelihoods. That’s the first stage, and this one will involve semi-industrial and industrial fishers because increased effort is not resulting in increased fish catch. We have realized that there’s the need for some of them to reduce their efforts at fish catch. Now, if they reduce their efforts at fish catch, they are going to lose income and therefore money has to be put aside for them to engage in alternative livelihood means.”