Ghana has stepped up its efforts to crack down on “
saiko” – an illegal practice driving the collapse of Ghana’s inshore fishery, whereby industrial trawlers sell fish to local canoes at sea .
Saiko, originally an informal trading system where unwanted industrial bycatch would be exchanged at sea for fruit and livestock brought by canoes, is now a part of targeted fishing for trawlers in Ghanaian waters. Not only illegal, it puts industrial fishing vessels in direct competition with small-scale fishers for catches of species such as
The owner and crew of the
“This is essential work on the part of the Ghanaian government and follows the positive steps already taken this year to stop
EJF and Hen Mpoano urge the authorities to be fully transparent in the conduct of this