A U.S. Coast Guard law enforcement detachment member and a Ghanaian navy sailor inspect a fishing vessel suspected of illegal fishing during the Africa Maritime Law Enforcement Partnership.The partnership is the operational phase of Africa Partnership Station and brings together U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard, and respective Africa partner maritime forces to actively patrol that partner's territorial waters and economic exclusion zone with the goal of intercepting vessels that may have been involved in illicit activity. (U.S. Navy photo by Kwabena Akuamoah-Boateng/Released)

The ban on fishing in Ghana’s waters takes effect from today, Wednesday, 15 May 2019.

The ban which was to be implemented last August and September was suspended due to a massive outcry from the country’s fisher folks.

Dubbed ‘close season’, the ban according to the fisheries ministry is to save some species of fishes such as mackerel, anchovies, and others that are going into extinction in the country’s waters due to poor fishing practices.

The ministry in consultation with stakeholders agreed to impose the ban in two phases for inshore and artisanal fishers from 15 May to 30 June and industrial fishers from 1 August to 30 September.

The close season law was passed in 2002 and it is mandatory for the fisheries sector to observe it.