Cote d’Ivoire suspends artisanal and industrial fishing for biological rest.
This measure which lasts one month for artisanal fishing and two months for semi-industrial fishing aims to mitigate the depletion of fishery resources.
A similar measure is observed in neighbouring Ghana, which shares the same fishing sectors.
According to the Fisheries Resources Department, the tides are longer and there has been a 30% drop in landing catches in recent years.
Colonel Alain Kodjo, technical adviser in charge of fisheries in the ministry said the government has planned a monitoring committee that will assess the impacts, both biologically and economically.
The navy will monitor the application of this measure and in the event of an infraction, fishermen risk 1 to 5 years in prison and or a heavy fine.