The Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development(MOFAD) and Fisheries Commission, in partnership with the United States Government through the U.S. Agency for International Development and United State Agency Development(USAID), has launched a canoe identification card(CIC) dedicated to the artisanal Fisheries sector Identification card(CIC) in volta region to regulate access to the fishery resources and improved management of the sector, provide recognition and legitimacy to all canoe owners.
The canoe identification card(CIC) will enable the Fisheries Commission, the Ghana National canoe fishermen council and other partners to implement appropriate management measures to better regulate marine artisanal Fisheries and improve the sector’s regulation to help Ghana build a more sustainable and profitable artisanal Fisheries industry.
Speaking to at the launch of the CIC, The Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development, Hon. Elizabeth Afoley Quaye in an interview with peace News said, the canoe identification card is the first step to the supply and modernizes the distribution of premix fuel due which will the ministry get access to the database to identify fishermen or Canon owners who supply and distribute premix fuel illegally in the country.
According to her, the canon identification card(CIC) will encompass up to date register of all operational canoes and it will help in the steps towards reaching another international standard and ultimately the sustainable Development Goals(SDGs).
She said all operation canoes in the Fisheries sector will be issued identification card which contains basic information, such as the names of canoe owners, canoe number to help manage the influx of new canoe and reduce overcapacity within Ghana’s fringes marine Fisheries sector and facilitate the management of the Fisheries resources.
The United State Agency Development(USAID) Ghana’s Agriculture officer, Amber Lily Kenny in her address said, the progress made in the Fisheries sector under the leadership of the minister is a great example to self-reliance.
She said the identification card will help manage and reduce the capacity of the marine sector and Fisheries resources in the country and commended the ministry, the Fisheries Commission and other partners for working with the United States Government and the Ghanaian people to achieve success in the sector.
by: Prince Baffour Asamoah