The James Camp Prison Aquaculture Project
is a project by FishConnect
) to revamp the aquaculture development program of the James Camp Prison. FishConnect
plans to achieve this objective by:
Aside from equipping the inmates with skills, the project will provide enough fish for the nutritional upkeep of the inmates and also generate income for the prison. FishConnect
- Setting up a hatchery along with a nursery that will provide their fish ponds with high quality developed fingerlings.
- Round-the-clock technical support.
- Training the officers and inmates to improve the skillset and knowledge in aquaculture.
, a start-up company birthed from the Kosmos Innovation Center, AgriTech Challenge is set to operate the first commercial nursery for Tilapia & Catfish fingerlings within the Ghanaian Aquaculture industry. J-CAP,
a partnership with the James Camp Prison, was originated to address the issue of ex-convicts having no skills after serving their prison term. This makes their reintegration very challenging. Following a recent visit to the facility, a number of gaps were identified. These, when capitalized on, would help in developing and sustaining the correctional and re-socialization programs of the prison facility. Apart from J-CAP
facilitating the prison in the training of inmates and officers in fish farming, the project will help with the proper reintegration of the inmates pending their release into the general society.
The James Camp Prison
(Est. 1948), is the only prison in the Greater Accra Region that caters for male prisoners at the moment, following the closure of the Usher Fort and James Town prisons. It currently has 300 male inmates, with an average age of 25 years. The prospects of these young men are rather depressing while they await their end of prison term. All funds raised shall be used to address key areas within the prison's aquaculture program. These are hatchery-nursery set-up, training materials and kits, fingerlings, water-quality checks, record-keeping tools, fish feed, and waste-water management.
While waiting for funding from all the very good people like you viewing and willing to donate to this project right now, the technical team of FishConnect visited the James Camp Prison and took officers in charge of the Aquaculture program through improved ways of preparing fish ponds for grow-out production.
At the time of the visit, inmates were resting from their routines, so the technical team took the opportunity to train the officers who will in turn guide inmates on how to prepare ponds for grow-out production.