“75 % of the total domestic production of fish is consumed locally.”

The fishing sector of Accra, Ghana represents the importance of West African artisanal fishers.

Accra plays an important role to national economic development objectives by significantly contributing to employment, livelihood support, poverty reduction, food security, foreign exchange earnings and resource sustainability.

Fish is a preferred source of animal protein in Ghana, and is expected to contribute 60 percent of the animal protein intake. Over 2 million fishermen, processors and traders participate in this sector. Over the years, locals have noticed a decline in local fish populations. The Fish Reef Project aims to change that.

Balancing Abundance and Sustainability Is A Complex Challenge

Understanding the complete picture creates a need for realistic solutions. Simply by creating a new fish habitat on an otherwise muddy seafloor, we can directly reduce devastating human impacts on the global ecosystem. Compared to the destructive impacts of the farming industry, obtaining fish and other seafood as the main source of protein has only positive benefits. Fish is known to be vastly healthier for daily consumption over beef or chicken and fish is all natural and hormone free. By consuming seafood in place of livestock products, human populations enjoy less disease and stronger immunity.

New Fish Reef Habitats Can Help Active Fishing Communities Thrive Again

The Great African Food Reef

Financed by Blue Credits, Fish Reef Project will deploy massive new food reefs down both coasts of Africa over the next 20 years. Using custom reef ships and land hubs in Ghana, Senegal, Somalia and Kenya the Great African Food Reef will feed and employ millions of people while creating vast new forms of ocean health.

Job Creation

Creates jobs for many young men and women who depend solely on fishery for their livelihood.

Food Security

Installing Fish Reefs off the coast can replenish local fish stocks improving food security.

Accessible Nutrition

Helps keep local food affordable. Some countries in Africa import most of their seafood making livelihood very costly.

Ocean Health

An offshore reef system allows the fishermen to be involved in maintaining the ecosystem to support a healthy marine environment for their food supply.

New Fish Reef Habitats

– Sustainable –

  • Reefs can be scaled to support the worlds growing populations, and unlike aquaculture they do not require any feed input, non-native species or ocean space conversion.
  • One ton of fish harvested sustainably has almost zero impact compared to slashing and burning land and raising livestock.
  • Making reefs reduces local and global ecosystem destruction and human conflicts.
  • CO2 emissions for one ton of fish from a new fish reef is zero.
  • Creating new reefs and fish requires zero fresh water.

Livestock Footprint

– Unsustainable –

  • Livestock production is one of the major causes of the world’s most pressing environmental problems, including global warming, land degradation, air and water pollution, as well as loss of biodiversity.
  • Deforestation occurs at unimaginable rates to support cattle grazing and new farm lands needed to grow cattle feed.
  • CO2 emissions occur from transport of cattle feed and finished beef products.

Slash & Burn Farming

– Unsustainable –

  • “Slash & Burn” farming tactics release remarkable quantities of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, contaminating local air quality, land crops and fisheries.
  • The slash and burning of the 5.5 acres needed to support just one ton of beef emits about 350 tons of CO2.

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