Surface Forces: Ghana Versus The Fish Bandits


November 5, 2011: Ghana, a small West African country with a population of 24 million, is rapidly expanding its navy. Until recently, the navy had 2,000 personnel and seven patrol boats. But within the next few years, that will expand to over twenty patrol craft. The most recent acquisitions are four 46 meter (143 foot) patrol boats from China. These have a crew of 30 and are armed with 14.5mm and 7.62mm machine-guns, plus small arms carried by the crew. Ghana plans to acquire a dozen of this type, including two built in Ghana. The navy is also getting used patrol ships from the United States and other countries.

The rush to expand the navy is ostensibly to deal with increased drug smuggling and piracy. These two problems are actually quite minor. The real reason for more ships is to rein in destructive practices by the two million Ghanaian fishermen. Fish are a lucrative resource, and too many Ghanaians are overfishing the best species. If the navy cannot control the size of the catch, many key species will be wiped out, and many Ghanaian fishermen will be out of work.



Article Archive

Surface Forces : Current 2022 2021 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2000 1999 



Help Keep Us Soaring

We need your help! Our subscription base has slowly been dwindling. We need your help in reversing that trend. We would like to add 20 new subscribers this month.

Each month we count on your subscriptions or contributions. You can support us in the following ways:

  1. Make sure you spread the word about us. Two ways to do that are to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
  2. Subscribe to our daily newsletter. We’ll send the news to your email box, and you don’t have to come to the site unless you want to read columns or see photos.
  3. You can contribute to the health of StrategyPage. A contribution is not a donation that you can deduct at tax time, but a form of crowdfunding. We store none of your information when you contribute..
Subscribe   Contribute   Close