MMDAs to establish Fisheries Sub-Committee – GTA
The Ghana Tuna Association (GTA) has called on the various Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies that have fisheries as one of the main activities in their communities to establish a Fisheries Sub-Committee.
This, he said, was important in helping to effectively address issues in the fisheries sector.
Mr. Richster Nii Amarh Amarfio, secretary of the GTA, also underlined the need for the assemblies to dialogue regularly with the fishermen to better know and better understand all that is happening in the sector.
He criticized the current arrangement whereby the Assemblies Agriculture Sub-Committee had responsibility for fisheries oversight.
“Farming and fishing are two different things, farming is when you deliberately grow your crop, but fishing is hunting. agriculture is not a problem, but when it comes to fishing in the wild, the process is different.
He made the call at a forum organized by the Tema regional office of the Ghana News Agency.
He said the fishing industry had greater potential and urged stakeholders to engage regularly to ensure the right things were done.
Mr. Amarfio noted that Ghana has enough tuna to feed the country, with the European Union (EU) market remaining the only hope for the survival of the industry.
He suggested that deliberate efforts should be made to “create an internal market in the form of developing dishes that would use tuna”.
“I haven’t seen any hotels in Ghana using tuna in their dishes other than the canned ones they use for salads.”