The Centre for Maritime Law & Security (CEMLAWS AFRICA) has ended a Fisheries Observer Training on Tuesday, 3 October, 2017 at the Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College (GAFCSC) at Teshie in Accra.
CEMLAWS Africa collaborated with GAFCSC and the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development who implemented West African Regional Fisheries Programme (WARFP) to develop the course.
The Commandant of GAFCSC, Rear Admiral Seth Amoama was privileged for the college’s collaboration with the Fisheries Commission to execute such training. He congratulated the participants and urged them to put to practice what they have learnt when deployed to achieve the aim of the Commission and reduce illegal fishing for a sustainable fisheries management in Ghana.
The Director for Fisheries Commission, Lawyer Michael Arthur Dadzie in his remarks as the Guest of Honour, congratulated the trainers from CEMLAWS and all participants for the enthusiasm showed during the training.
Lawyer Dadzie attributed the decline in fish production to the weak enforcement of the Fishery Laws and Regulations over the years which have encouraged fishers to use harmful or unapproved fishing gear and methods prohibited by legislation.
He said that the purpose of the programme was to train the participants to be critical in their observations, monitor the operation of the fishing vessels at sea, collect information on bycatch and discards and any other necessary information and ensure that, Ghana meets the International obligation to have observer coverage entirely on its industrial fleet including fishing trawlers to avoid sanctions including market.
He further advised the participants to be diligent and professional about their work since any compromise on their part could render the trip report irrelevant. He cautioned them to bear in mind the legal implications of their work because the evidences they gather on fishery violations would eventually be tendered in the Law Court.
Lawyer Dadzie assured participants of the unrelenting support of the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development and the Fisheries Commission in terms of logistics and remuneration during their assignment on the fishing trawlers.
He reiterated the government’s commitment at combating the dreadful canker and ensuring that fishing livelihoods are protected and secured against vulnerabilities that may lend fishing communities to be socially marginalized with adverse implication not only in the area of food security, but also national security as a whole.
The Director expressed his sincere gratitude to the World Bank for its support to the fisheries sector in Ghana and West Africa, the trainers from CEMLAWS and also the participants for availing themselves for the training.
The 10 day program started from 23 September – 3 October, 2017 with 100 participants drawn from various fields to train, observe and reduce illegal fishing for a sustainable fisheries management in Ghana.
The participants went through courses such as Value of the Oceans, Introduction to Oceanography, Introduction to the Law of the Sea and Fisheries Management, Global and Regional Fisheries Governance Framework, Ghana’s Fisheries Law, Policy & Institutional Framework among others.
The Participants were awarded with certificates and pen drives containing their learning materials and other relevant documents.