According to Ghana’s Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development, all fishing boats operating in its waters must be equipped with electronic monitoring. This was said on the BBC’s Newsday show.
Mavis Hawa Koomson stated, “The electronic monitoring system will contain cameras, and we’ve coupled this to the licensing of the vessel to be able to go fishing.
She said that the surveillance would allow authorities to investigate complaints of Ghanaian workers being mistreated by Chinese vessel operators in addition to tracking the vessels via cameras that were connected to them.
The action was taken after Ghana pledged at the One Ocean summit in Panama City to ensure complete electronic monitoring of its industrial fisheries.
The new policy is intended to assist Ghana in managing its marine resources more effectively.