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Estimating the impact of irregular and unsustainable fishing of distant-water fishing fleets in Ghana

Briefing/policy paper

Written by Miren Gutierrez, Alberto Lemma

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This policy brief synthesises information from the flagship ODI report 'Fishy Business', examining the current state of domestic and foreign fishing activity in Ghana's exclusive economic zone (EEZ).

The brief describes fleet composition, types of vessels, ownership issues, and the challenges posed by illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing practices. It highlights the significant impact of the saiko system – a form of unlawful transshipment of fish – and the concerns raised about the presence of a substantial number of vessels owned or operated by foreign interests.