This African nation is falling behind in its fish farming plans


Sean Murphy, SeafoodSource online editor

Published on
July 28, 2015

A plan by the government of the African nation of Ghana to boost local aquaculture production appears to be falling far short of its goal, in large part due to a lack of financing.

According to a business news article posted on Ghana Web, the initial plan was to see fish farming production go from 10,200 metric tons (MT) to 100,000 MT by 2016. The article cites government data which shows not only that production is not on track, but it was actually in decline from 2000 to 2013.

A series of improvement projects have been in place for some time, but funding for those projects either does not exist or has been delayed for various reasons, including a lack of aquaculture standards set in that country and other environmental considerations. The article estimated 21 separate projects to improve aquaculture production have stalled due to funding problems.

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