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Blue economy: Ghanaians must diversify fish species to boost aquaculture sector, says Moses Anim

Anim's call for diversification aligns with the broader goal of enhancing the resilience and sustainability of Ghana's aquaculture sector

Moses Anim, the deputy Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development in Ghana, has called for a diversification of fish species used in aquaculture to meet the increasing demand for fish and to enhance the country’s burgeoning aquaculture industry.

With aquaculture now responsible for supplying nearly half of the world’s consumed fish and recognised as the fastest-growing food sector, there is a pressing need to unlock its potential, particularly in Ghana.

Speaking at a stakeholder dialogue organised by the Chamber of Aquaculture Ghana, Anim said that the successful domestication of any fish species is labour-intensive and resource-demanding process.

Therefore, he touched on the importance of prioritising species that have already demonstrated some level of adaptation to the Ghanaian environment as an initial strategic move.

“Efforts to diversify the fish species used in our aquaculture industry are crucial to addressing the growing demand for fish and further fortifying our aquaculture sector,” said Anim.

Ghana’s aquaculture industry has been steadily growing in recent years, contributing significantly to the country’s fish production and food security. However, the industry faces challenges such as limited genetic resources, disease management, and the need for sustainable practices.

Anim’s call for diversification aligns with the broader goal of enhancing the resilience and sustainability of Ghana’s aquaculture sector.

By introducing and prioritising fish species that have shown adaptation to local conditions, Ghana aims to streamline the domestication process, reduce risks, and increase productivity.

The Chamber of Aquaculture Ghana, which organised the stakeholder dialogue, plays a crucial role in fostering collaboration among industry stakeholders, including government authorities, fish farmers, and researchers.

This collaborative effort is vital to implementing strategies that will boost the aquaculture sector’s growth and overall contribution to Ghana’s economy.

 

Reporting by Caleb Ahinakwah in Accra

 

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