Sustainable fishing in Ghana: Lessons from indigenous Akan fishing ethics


  • Joseph Oppong Department of Religion and Human Values University of Cape Coast



Sustainable Fishing, Akan, Fishing Ethics, Indigenous Knowledge


For many individuals in the Ghanaian culture, fishing is one of the activities that provide a source of income and nutrition. A lot has been written about fishing and its economic worth. Recently, there have been multiple complaints made by both the industry insiders and outsiders about various abuses and issues affecting the business. This has made many to wonder whether the fishing industry in Ghana is sustainable. Sustainable fishing has been a big issue of concern in Ghana. But what is sustainable fishing? Sustainable fishing, in this sense, is leaving enough fish in the ocean and other water bodies while simultaneously protecting ecosystems and endangered species. If the oceans and rivers are preserved, those who rely on fishing will be able to maintain their employment. This study investigates the phenomenon of Akan fishing ethicsas well as some of the lessons that may be learned from it in order to improve Ghana‟s fishing industry. Because some of the abuses and issues identified in the fishing sector are caused by domestic factors, this study believes that indigenous knowledge and practices on fishing can be used together with the modern means of fishing to address the apparent challenges in the fishing industry in Ghana.




How to Cite

Oppong, J. . (2021). Sustainable fishing in Ghana: Lessons from indigenous Akan fishing ethics. Oguaa Journal of Religion and Human Values, 6(2), 84–100.