April 2021 — Per Erik Bergh (CEO), Matthew Markides (Legal and Research Officer), JD Kotze (MCS Expert) and Sally Frankcom (Communications Officer) participated in the fourth meeting of the Ports Task Force Ghana, held in Tema, Ghana on 14-15 April 2021.
The meeting focused attention on the process and procedures relating to the advance request for entry into port (AREP). Vessels are required to submit and AREP to allow fisheries officers adequate time to check on the vessels, its activity and catch. Getting a good system in place to distribute both the AREP and the results of checks to all relevant agencies is a critical first step to effective port State measures.
Stop Illegal Fishing (SIF) and the FCWC WATF supported the meeting technically and financially. The Ports Task Force Ghana is supported by Stop Illegal Fishing, through the PSM-SIF initiative with funding from the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) on behalf of The German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) through the Global Programme Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture Special Initiative.