BY YESMAN ANTOH-
NEW AFRICA BUSINESS NEWS- THE UNITED States of America has sent a message of congratulation to the Densu Oyster Pickers’ Association (DOPA) and the Development Action Association (DAA) for the successful completion of the second annual oyster harvesting closed season.
DOPA is stationed at the Tsokomey Community in Ghana, in the Ga South Municipal Assembly. DOPA and DAA are local, community-led, non-governmental organizations committed to protecting Ghana’s oyster stock.
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has always supported the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development’s efforts to facilitate the Densu Estuary Community Co-Management Plan for oyster resources.
As a result, DOPA, DAA, and other stakeholders, successfully implemented the annual, five-month closed season to boost oyster yields.
The Densu Estuary closed season is one of three pilot projects in Ghana to demonstrate the viability of coastal fisheries collaborative management. USAID also supported the Ministry to develop a National Co-Management Policy, currently under review by the Ministry.
The Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development, Mrs. Elizabeth Naa Afoley Quaye; Municipal Planning Officer of the Ga South Municipal Assembly, Mr. Dela Sasu and USAID/Ghana Economic Growth Acting Team Leader, James G. Lykos delivered remarks at the event lauding the successful partnership between the Government of Ghana, DOPA, DAA, and the Tsokomey Community.
BY YESMAN ANTOH, NEW AFRICA BUSINESS NEWS, BUSINESS & POLITICAL, GLOBAL CORRESPONDENT