A Return to the Ghanaian Cultural Values of Closed Fishing Season in Ghana’s Artisanal Marine Fishing: An Essential Means of Restoring Small Pelagic Fish Stocks

Dickson Adom 1 , Paul Appiah Sekyere 2 , and Lily Yarney 3
  • 1 Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Department of Educational Innovations in Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana
  • 2 Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Department of Chemistry, Kumasi, Ghana
  • 3 University of Ghana Business School, Department of Public Administration and Health Services Management, Legon, Ghana


Closed fishing season for artisanal and inshore fishing is an effective management measure for restoring the fish stock. The study aimed at assessing the impacts of the closed fishing season observed in the Sekondi harbour in Ghana. The findings revealed that the one month closure period was too short and/or lack of strict supervision to realize any significant change in fish population and sizes. A more transparent discussion on the period for the closure, longer closure period up to three months as well as provision of alternative sources of livelihood were suggested to ensure more cooperation from the fisher folks.

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