Vol. 3, Issue 4 (2018)
Fisheries resources of Ghana: present status and future direction
Author(s): Bortey Nketia Alabi Doku, Sun Chen, Elliot Haruna Alhassan, Yusuf Abdullateef, Mohammad Mizanur Rahman
Abstract: Ghana is considered one of the suitable regions for fisheries in the world. Ghana abounds with water and around 10% of the entire land surface of the country is covered with water. Thus the potential for the fishing industry is immense. This paper gives an overview on the performance of fisheries in Ghana using data collected from Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development and related unpublished grey literatures. The findings within describe recent growth within Ghanaian fisheries sector (2016 – 2017). The increase in aquaculture production has been made possible with the implementation of scientific and technological modernization. From 2010 to 2016, aquaculture increased from 10,200 to 57,405.31 tons a much improvement than wild capture production which decreased from 402,457.62 in 2010 to 390,787.56 tons in 2017. Ghana in 2016 imported $135 million worth of fish. Fisheries production is well below production target despite the large gains in the aquaculture sector.
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