BPA Inaugurates 12-Member Fisheries Advisory Panel

A twelve (12) member Fisheries Advisory Panel was on September 30, 2015 inaugurated by the Hon. Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development, Miss Sherry Ayittey.

The Advisory Panel is to, among others, guide the Authority in the conservation of the fishery resources of the reservoir through the formulation of regulations and control measures to prevent over-fishing in the reservoir and also advise on measures for the improvement of value addition and quality of fish from the reservoir. It will also provide guidance on how to raise the awareness and engage the fishing communities in the project affected areas. Additionally, the Panel will make suggestions on what and how to introduce innovative technology to enhance their livelihood and welfare.
Present at the ceremony were the Chief Executive Officer of BPA, some BPA Board Members, the Chief Director of the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development, BPA staff and selected media houses.
The Member of Parliament for Tain Constituency and BPA Board Member, Hon. Gyan Tutu who chaired the occasion on behalf of the BPA Board Chairman, admonished the 12 member panel to work assiduously as a team in order to protect the livelihood of the many communities within the catchment area who are dependent on the Bui Lake. He indicated that the Advisory Panel would be expected to make regulations that will ensure that fishes in the Bui reservoir are exploited on an ecologically sustainable basis to ensure that the reservoir would be able to meet the needs and aspirations of the present and future generations.
Hon. Sherry Ayittey of MoFAD, advised the fishermen to comply with all the rules and regulations that will be formulated. She also advised the fishermen to abide by BPA’s regulation that prohibits settlement along the banks of the Lake. To that end, the Hon. Minister gave the deadline of December 31, 2015, by which all illegal settlements in the Bui National Park must move to the BPA landing sites or face forceful eviction.

Panel Members being sworn in

Panel Members Brief Profile
Patrick Okrah KWAKYE Chairman of the Panel
Director of Resources, Estates and Environment of Bui Power Authority
Mrs. Sheila Ashong Principal Programme Officer, Environmental Protection Agency
Dr. Mrs. Ruby Asmah Head of Fisheries, Water Research Institute
Mrs. Marian Don-Chebe Head of Coalition of NGOs in Water (CONIWAS)
Sampson Mahu General Secretary, National Inland Canoe Fishermen Council
Mr. Paul Bannerman Deputy Director, In charge of Fisheries, Surveillance and Survey Division, Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development
Mr. Julian Hynes A Fisheries Expert
Togbe Emmanuel Kpakpa Chief of Bator Akanyakrom representing the Bator Akanyakrom Community
Nana Ha-Yaw Bosom II Chief of Banda Bongase representing the Bongase Community
Mr. Joseph Kumah Representing Bui Community. Works with Game and Wildlife Division (Bui National Park)
Mr. Alex Kwame Krah An Elder of Dokokyina Community representing the Dokokyina Community
Mr. Daniel Domakah Youth Committee Member at Jama representing the Jama Community

The Bui Power Authority Act, (Act 740) mandates the Authority to ensure sustainable fishing in the Bui reservoir. In accordance with this mandate, the BPA initiated the preparation of a Fisheries Management Plan based on fish stock assessment study in the reservoir.
As part of recommendations for the study, two landing sites are being constructed. These landing sites are expected to be the only authorized accesses to the Bui Reservoir. 
BPA has constructed one landing site near Bongase in the Brong Ahafo whilst a second landing site is expected to be completed near Jama in the Northern Region. The objectives of the landing site include the following:
• Control and monitoring of access to the reservoir
• Ensure safety and sanitation in fishing activities
• Ensure improved quality of life for the fishing communities and 
• Ensure improved quality of fish and fish products, handling, processing and marketing

Hon. Sherry Ayittey tours the landing sites