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Ghana: Improving Fisheries Governance

Capacity building workshop participants in Ghana.

NOAA Fisheries' Office of International Affairs and Seafood Inspection (IASI) is collaborating under the Security Governance Initiative (SGI), a multi-year interagency partnership between the United States and Ghana to improve security sector governance and capacity. SGI’s central objective is to enable partner countries to develop and enhance policies, institutional structures, systems, and processes that allow them to more efficiently, effectively, and responsibly deliver security and justice to their citizens.

A U.S. delegation of interagency subject matter experts, including NOAA, met with their Ghanaian counterparts to discuss challenges and potential solutions in three key areas that the Government of Ghana had previous identified as priorities: maritime security, border management, and cybercrime and cybersecurity. 

As a result of these discussions, the Ghanaian Government was able to identify a number of specific maritime security sector challenges they wished to address, including Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing.

In an effort to get a more comprehensive understanding of programming, avoid duplication of effort, and better leverage resources moving forward, NOAA IASI is conducting an inventory of current capacity building programs related to fisheries governance in Ghana. The objective, to provide a resource for the various ongoing and proposed projects aimed toward the goal of improving fisheries governance in Ghana and to provide a basis for future projects to build upon. 

View ongoing projects in Ghana (PDF):

For questions about our international development efforts in West Africa, please contact Oriana Villar (