“75 % of the total domestic production of fish is consumed locally.”

The Fishing Sector of Ghana, Africa

plays an important role contributing significantly to national economic development objectives related to employment, livelihood support, poverty reduction, food security, foreign exchange earnings and resource sustainability.

Fish is a preferred source of animal protein in Ghana, and is expected to contribute 60 percent of animal protein intake. Over 2 million fishermen, processors and traders participate in this sector. Over the years, locals have noticed a decline in local fish populations. The Fish Reef Project aims to change that.

FISH REEF PROJECT CAN HELP This Active Fishing Community Continue To Thrive

What Efforts Can Be Done To Help Restore This Essential Marine Resource?

Meet Stanley Selasie Kpemli

Stanley Selasie Kpemli holds a bachelor of Science (BSc. Fisheries and Aquatic Science) from the University of Cape Coast Ghana and is our local Fish Reef Project leader in Ghana.

Stanley believes that Ghana’s fishery which currently relies mostly on small pelagic fishes captured by artisanal, semi industrial fishermen can be revamped as there are many calls that the fishery stock is being depleted. Deploying fish reefs in our waters will help to control and increase the fish stocks and other fishery resources.

Fish Reefs Can Benefit Ghana & the rest of Africa

Job Creation

Creates jobs for many young men and women who depend solely on fishery for their livelihood.

Food Security

Installing Fish Reefs off the coast can replenish local fish stocks improving food security.

Accessible Nutrition

Helps keep local food affordable. Some countries in Africa import most of their seafood making livelihood very costly.

Ocean Health

An offshore reef system allows the fishermen to be involved in maintaining the ecosystem to support a healthy marine environment for their food supply.

Balancing Abundance and Sustainability Is A Complex Challenge

Understanding the facts about the whole picture creates a need for realistic solutions. Simply by creating new fish habitat on otherwise muddy seafloor, we can directly reduce devastating human impacts on the global ecosystem. Compared to the destructive impacts of the farming industry, obtaining fish and other seafood as the main source of protein has only positive benefits. Fish is known to be vastly healthier for daily consumption over beef or chicken and fish is all natural and hormone free. By consuming seafood in place of live stock products, human populations enjoy less disease and stronger immunity.

New Fish Reef Habitats

– Sustainable –

  • Reefs can be scaled to support the worlds growing populations, and unlike aquaculture they do not require any feed input, non-native species or ocean space conversion.
  • One ton of fish harvested sustainably has almost zero impact compared to slashing and burning land and raising livestock.
  • Making reefs reduces local and global ecosystem destruction and human conflicts.
  • CO2 emissions for one ton of fish from a new fish reef is zero.
  • Creating new reefs and fish requires zero fresh water.

Livestock Footprint

– Unsustainable –

  • Livestock production is one of the major causes of the world’s most pressing environmental problems, including global warming, land degradation, air and water pollution, as well as loss of biodiversity.
  • Deforestation occurs at unimaginable rates to support cattle grazing and new farm lands needed to grow cattle feed.
  • CO2 emissions occur from transport of cattle feed and finished beef products.

Slash & Burn Farming

– Unsustainable –

  • “Slash & Burn” farming tactics release remarkable quantities of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, contaminating local air quality, land crops and fisheries.
  • The slash and burning of the 5.5 acres needed to support just one ton of beef emits about 350 tons of CO2.
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