The “people’s” fishery on the brink of collapse: Small pelagics in landings of Ghana’s industrial trawl fleet

  • Publication Date  07-04-20
  • Type  Report

Ghana’s sardinella fishery, which provides food and livelihoods for coastal communities, is under severe threat from illegal targeting by trawlers in the ‘saiko’ trade. Sampling of saiko sardinella revealed the fish were 99% juveniles. These young fish are crucial to the recovery of a population that is already on the brink of collapse, having crashed by 80% over the past twenty years.