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ASC Supports Blue Foods Transformation in Ghana  

April 17, 2024

Accra, Ghana – Aquaculture Stewardship Council joined scientists and policymakers from across Ghana, United Kingdom, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Nigeria at the One Health Aquaculture workshop held in Accra, Ghana to discuss the potential and benefits of developing responsible aquaculture across the region.  

ASC Head of Improver Programme Roy van Daatselaar joined the event to talk about how responsible aquaculture can drive and support the blue food initiative in the region. 

ASC Improver Programme Global Lead Roy van Daatselaar talks about the role of responsible aquaculture in a workshop conducted and organised by ASC and Ghana Chamber of Aquaculture.

Van Daatselaar said, “We are proud to support the Blue Foods Partnership (BFP) in Ghana and work towards the collective improvement of aquaculture as part of responsible food systems. 

“Ghana is a frontrunner in Africa when it comes to professionalising and transforming its local aquaculture industry. Through collaboration, investments and research, the potential to contribute to the regional food security agenda is promising. Responsible aquaculture is key in this vision and ASC is happy to support the industry in Ghana towards success.”

ASC staff join site visit in one of the fish farms in Ghana.

The workshop was organised by the UK government’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) Ocean Country Partnership Programme and their programme partner CEFAS, in collaboration with the World Economic Forum’s Blue Food Partnership Ghana Initiative with their leading local partner, the Chamber of Aquaculture Ghana.  

The Chamber of Aquaculture’s CEO Jacob Adzikah said, “The ASC meeting provided a unique opportunity for the members of the Chamber, Blue Food Partnership Ghana Initiative and other stakeholders to understand the ASC certification process, its benefits, and its impact on sustainability. The presentation by the ASC team was excellent. This was one of the best networking events organised by the Chamber of Aquaculture.” 

Scientists, politicians and stakeholders join the aquaculture workshop in Ghana to discuss safe and sustainable farmed seafood.

Some of the key issues that were highlighted during the workshop include environmental and social issues, as well as new technologies that can help in improving safety in aquaculture production and fish health management practices. The workshop also discussed how a Seafood Risk Tool can be applied to identify and manage chemical and pathogen hazards across the supply chain

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