Feed the Future Ghana Fisheries Recovery Activity

Ghana’s small pelagic fishery populations—particularly small pelagic fish stocks of round sardinella (Sardinella aurita), flat sardinella (S. maderensis), European anchovy (Engraulis encrasicolus), and Atlantic chub mackerel (Scomber colias)—are of vital importance for maintaining livelihood and food security for Ghanaian fishers and coastal communities.

Perpetuation of these fisheries is also essential for the long-term integrity of coastal and
marine biodiversity, including their role within the wider ocean food web, marine species diversity and community composition, habitat complexity, and genetic diversity. Despite this, Ghana’s fisheries are currently overharvested through both artisanal and industrial operations.

The Feed the Future Ghana Fisheries Recovery Activity (GFRA) represents an important investment to strategically address and adaptively mitigate these critical threats and their underlying drivers.

Institutional strengthening for accountable, consistent, and fair
enforcement and management of small pelagic fisheries coupled with the application of an ecosystem approach to fisheries management (EAFM) provide a strategic opportunity to address the issues and threats facing Ghana’s small pelagic fisheries, setting the foundation for fish population recovery.
GFRA presents a unique opportunity to work collaboratively with Ghana’s government, civil society, and private sector to invest in national and local capacity development to promote fisheries sustainability and advance Ghanaian socioeconomic well-being and community resilience.

The project seeks to achieve this purpose through a balanced and strategic approach that reduces fishing overcapacity and increases controlled access over Ghana’s small pelagic fisheries sector to encourage ecological sustainability while enhancing socio-economic well-being and local resilience of artisanal fisherfolk and their communities.

To do this,  an EAFM framework of strategic interventions would be implemented to achieve five interdependent objectives:

Objective 1: Align fisheries capacity with ecological carrying capacity of the small pelagic fisheries while enhancing the socio-economic well-being and resilience of artisanal fisherfolk;

Objective 2: Increase the quality and value of artisanal fish products to maintain household
income and enhance availability of nutritious foods for local and regional markets;

Objective 3: Strengthen transparency, accountability, and co-management in governance
practices for fisheries policymaking, regulation, and enforcement;

Objective 4: Strengthen constituencies to promote and implement sustainable fisheries
management; and

Objective 5: Improve use of science and research for policy and management decisions.

The Project is funded by USAID