Fisheries Minister inaugurates taskforce on Inspection of Fishing Vessels


AfoleyQuaye

The Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development has sent a strong message to fisher folks about its seriousness to fight illegal fishing with the inauguration of task force on Inspection of Fishing Vessels in the country.
The objective of the task force primarily is to improve enforcement of required conditions for renewal of fishing license for fishing vessels in accordance with Fisheries Act, 2002 (Act 625), Fisheries Regulations, 2010 (L.I.1968), Fisheries (Amendment) Act,2014 (Act 880) and Fisheries (Amendment) Regulations, 2015 (L.I.2217).
The taskforce is mandated to among other things
inspect sanitary and hygienic conditions and ascertain if they meet minimum sanitary conditions
1.    Inspect the cabins and washrooms facilities and ascertain if they are sufficient for the crew
2.    Inspect the validity of safety equipment and ascertain if it is sufficient for all crew
3.    Inspect Radio and communication equipment
4.    Inspect fishing gear
5.     Inspect validity of fishing license
6.     Inspect the fishing logbooks and ascertain if they have been properly filled
7.     Inspect the validity of insurance for hull and machinery, and Inspect insurance for crew and if all crew members are covered and
8.    Assess if a vessel has met the required conditions for undertaking fishing trip

The Task Force comprises
Naval Captain Emmanuel Kwafo (Ghana Navy) as the chairman with the other members being
Samuel Duodu Manu (Post Harvest, Fisheries Commission)
Rebecca Sackey-Mensah (Marine Fisheries Management Division)
Enock Boadu Amo (MOFAD)
Jeremiah Amoah
Mavis Afoley Odai
Nana Abrokwah Asare
Michael Asiamah.