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Hans Lucht

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780520270718

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520270718.001.0001

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The Guan of Senya Beraku

The Guan of Senya Beraku

(p.179) Six The Guan of Senya Beraku
Darkness before Daybreak

Hans Lucht

University of California Press

Ghanaian fisheries, like the West African region in general, are struggling with a dramatic decline in catches. Contributing factors include the long-standing overexploitation of fish stocks and overcapacity in the fishing fleet. The situation is made worse by growing pressure on fish stocks by foreign vessels from especially the EU, China, Korea, and Japan. This chapter assesses the impact of the controversial EU fishing agreements with West African coastal countries. These agreements have been widely criticized for putting West Africans at an economic and social disadvantage. Through the case of Senya Beraku, the chapter also explores the state of Ghanaian fishing and locally implemented strategies to deal with the decline. It considers how the decline in fishing is affecting people of different strata of village society. It discusses the general economy of Ghana and the lack of opportunities that await fishermen put out of business by the depletion of marine resources, prompting many to turn to high-risk emigration in order to regain a hold on the future.

Keywords:   West Africa, EU fishing agreements, Senya Beraku, Ghana, Ghanaian fishing, fishing villages

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