Ghana Tuna Association

GTA is a non-partisan, non-profit making fisheries sector organisation in Ghana that focuses on operators of Tuna.

Tuna from Responsible Fishing

Promoting and sustaining the tuna industry in Ghana


Safeguard the interests of the tuna industry in Ghana


Consultancy service and information to all Ghanaian and foreign organizations in tuna fisheries


Collaboration with outside tuna organizations


Negotiations on tuna as well as on matters affecting tuna operation and crew on tuna vessels

Member Companies
Registered Tuna Vessels
Bait Boats
Purse Seine
Sustainable fishing

Frequently Asked Questions

Worldwide there are 23 stocks of the major commercial tuna species: 5 skipjack, 4 yellowfin, 4 bluefin, 6 albacore, and 4 bigeye stocks. As mentioned above, some of these tuna stocks have healthy numbers and are being managed well, others are not.

Overall, the latest estimates from the UN FAO indicate the global tuna catch in 2019 was 5,768,109 tonnes. As more tuna fisheries make a commitment to sustainability. 

There are different ways of catching tuna. The methods and gear used in tuna fishing could depend on: 

  • Which tuna species is being fished
  • Where the tuna lives 
  • The size of the tuna

Common gear types used include pole and line, and  purse seine nets. Any of these gear types can be used sustainably, depending on their use, the amount of tuna being caught and how their gear affects the wider ecosystem. 

All tuna is caught from the wild. Some tuna is caught from the wild then kept in ‘fattening pens’ for a while but that is highly uncommon

Market Opportunities

EU countries continue to be the main importer of Ghana’s fresh and processed tuna products. New markets can be been found in Asia i.e. China and ECOWAS.   New buyers are therefore most welcome.