Project Description

Ghana

About Hub Work in Ghana

Ghanaian fisheries are structured on a tradition of community and religion, coupled with the country’s social norms and customary laws. They work at both the commercial and subsistence levels. Commercial fishing has three key sub-sectors: artisanal, semi-industrial and industrial. The artisanal and semi-industrial sub-sectors are characterised by the use of locally built vessels and equipment such as purse and beach seines, setnets, drifting gillnets, hook and line gears (artisanal), and trawl gear (semi-industrial). Industrial fisheries use imported steel vessels for their operations in purse seining and bottom trawling. Common issues in fisheries include: the use of unapproved gears, overcapacity in fishing effort, pollution, poverty and child labour. However, there are strong opportunities for heritage and ecotourism in the sector. The work of the One Ocean Hub in Ghana will examine the relationships and trade-offs between the various fisheries sub-sectors and the role of heritage and ecotourism in building sustainable livelihoods.

0 mile
coastline along the Gulf of Guinea

Traditional knowledge plays a key role in fisheries practices

0 million
dollar cost of illegal fishing by foreign trawlers per year

Team Members

University of Cape Coast
Emmanuel Acheampong, Ph.D Ghana One Ocean Hub

Emmanuel Acheampong

Lecturer, Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences
Godfred Asiedu Ameyaw, Ph.D Ghana One Ocean Hub

Godfred Asiedu Ameyaw

Research Scientist (Fish & Fisheries), Centre for Scientific and Industrial Research – Food Research Institute
Joseph Windie Ansah, M.Phil Ghana One Ocean Hub

Joseph Windie Ansah

Senior Lecturer, Department of Sociology and Anthropology
Benjamin Kofi Nyarko, Ph.D Ghana One Ocean Hub

Benjamin Kofi Nyarko

Senior Lecturer, Department of Geography and Regional Planning
Joseph Aggrey-Fynn, Ph.D Ghana One Ocean Hub

Joseph Aggrey-Fynn

Associate Professor of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences
Bolanle T. Erinosho, Ph.D Ghana One Ocean Hub

Bolanle T. Erinosho

Lecturer, Faculty of Law
Georgina Yaa Oduro, Ph.D Ghana One Ocean Hub

Georgina Yaa Oduro

Senior Lecturer, Department of Sociology and Anthropology
Harrison Kwame Golo, Ph.D Ghana One Ocean Hub

Harrison Kwame Golo

Senior Lecturer, Centre for Conflict, Human Rights and Peace Studies (CHRAPS)

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