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Ghana Industrial purse seine tuna fishery
Fishery  Fact Sheet
FCWC Fisheries Reports 2020
Ghana Industrial purse seine tuna fishery
Fact Sheet Citation  
Tuna Purse Seine
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Overview: Purse-seine vessels are large, steal-hulled foreign-built and they fish either by spotting free-swimming schools of tuna or by utilizing floating objects that attract fish, either with natural or man-made objects, such as fish aggregating devices (FADs). The fleet has freezing facilities for preserving fish at sea and can do on the average monthly trips. The vessels catch mainly yellowfin tuna, skipjack tuna and bigeye tuna.

Location of Ghana Industrial purse seine tuna fishery

Geographic reference:  Ghana
Spatial Scale: National
Reference year: 2020
Approach: Fishing Activity

Fishing Activity
Fishing Gear: Purse seines
Type of production system: Industrial
Fishery Area: Ghana
Seasonality: All year

Harvested Resource
Target Species: Skipjack tuna; Blue marlin; Yellowfin tuna …  

Means of Production
Vessel Type:
Fishery Indicators
Nominal Effort: Number of vessels
Employment: Number of fishermen
Production: Catch

Fishing Activity
Type of production system: Industrial   

Fishery Area
Climatic zone: Tropical.   Depth zone: Coastal (0 m - 50 m); Shelf (50 m - 200 m).   Horizontal distribution: Neritic; Oceanic.   Vertical distribution: Pelagic.  

Surface fleet. Depth beyond 30 meters.

Geo References for: Ghana
Vessel Type

Vessel length: 65 - 70 meters.

Catch Handling and Processing Equipment
Brine, Freezer
Flag State
Fishing Gear
Purse seines
Protected Species (Bycatch)
Turtles and marine mammals
All year
Ports of Tema, Takoradi
Trip Duration
40 days
Fisherfolks Community
Ghana, China and Korea nationals
List of fishery Indicators
Fishery Indicators
TypeMeasureValueUnitTime period
Nominal EffortNumber of vessels 15vessels2020
EmploymentNumber of fishermen 300Persons2020
ProductionCatch 77136tonnes2019
Post Harvest
Fish Utilisation
Canned, fresh, salted, smoked
European Union, Ghana, United States of America
Management unit: Yes

Jurisdictional framework
Management Body/Authority(ies): Ministry of Fisheries and Aquacultre Development (MOFAD)
Mandate: Management.  
Area under national jurisdiction: Ghana
Maritime Area: Exclusive Economic Zone Areas (EEZ); High seas.  
Management Regime
Management Methods

Compliance measure, moratorium, Area restrictions with focus on Spawner/Juvenile protection, Environmental protection - Binding

Fisheries Laws and regulations on fishing operations such as licensing, registration, mesh sizes, etc. in place; endorcement not very strong.
  • Aquatic species-related measures
    Minimum fish size, Small size fish proportion in catch, Maximum Sustainable Yield
  • Gear-related measures
    Mesh size
  • Vessel-related measures
     Access Control : Vessel type
  • Fishing activity-related measures
    Vessel number, Closed season, Licenses
Source of Information
Information provided by the FCWC Secretariat (FCWC Regional Database) and the Ghana Ministry of Fisheries and Aquacultre Development (MOFAD). April 2021.
FAO. 2021. Report of the Fisheries and Resources Monitoring System (FIRMS) and Fishery Statistics Capacity Development Data Workshop. Virtual Workshop, 26–30 October 2020. Rome.  Click to open
Secretariats Report To The ICCAT Conservation and Management Compliance Committee. Doc. No. COC_303 / 2020  Click to open
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