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Business News of Wednesday, 19 June 2019

Source: citinewsroom.com

Fisherfolk calling for extended closed season – Fisheries Ministry

The Minister for Fisheries and Aquaculture, Elizabeth Afoley Quaye has said some fishermen are requesting for an extension of the closed season due to the positive outcome of the exercise.

Speaking at this years’ TALKPLAST conference on plastic waste and marine litter, the Minister said her comment was based on feedback from some fisherfolk.

“We have observed a very successful close season and the media can attest to it that the fishermen, after resuming fishing on 15 of June, have caught a lot of fish. I have had a lot of calls from fishermen who say that they would have wished to have, not one month but a two-month close season,” she said.

As the one-month closed-season for artisanal fishermen across the country ended on June 15th, the expectation is that the Ministry for Fisheries and Aquaculture, which implemented the ban, may come up with a technical assessment to analyze the impact of the exercise.

But it does not appear that anything like that would take place.