The University of Rhode Island has announced a $24 million grant to help rebuild fisheries in Ghana. The grant for the Coastal Resources Center at the School of Oceanography is the largest in URI's history.
The money will fund a project in collaboration with USAID's Feed the Future initiative, attempting to curb over-fishing in Ghana. The project aims to help Ghana develop new fishing regulations and a management plan to ensure the sustainability of fish stocks.
In press release, URI's Brian Crawford says the project has the potential to benefit millions of people in Ghana and neighboring countries.
“This will be a very challenging and ambitious project. If successful, our work with the Ghana Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development will reverse the trend in declining fish catches,” said Crawford.
URI says Crawford will move to Accra, Ghana to lead the project.