SOUTH AFRICA TO ALLOCATE MORE FISHING RIGHTS TO SMALL-SCALE FISHERMEN

South Africa’s Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries is set to release the Fishing Rights Allocation Process in October and its Deputy Director-General for Fisheries, Siphokazi Ndudane, says a key element to the allocations will concentrate on the sustainability and growth of small-scale fishing.

Ndudane said here Tuesday that under the country’s Marine Living Resources Act, more attention and rights had been given to commercial fishing, which was already sustainable in nature as it provided many job opportunities.

However, small-scale fishers make up a community of people whose livelihood depends on fishing and who are not recognized under the Act.

Ndudane said good portions of the overall fishing allowance would now be made available for small-scale fishing and would be included under the revised Fishing Rights Allocation.

“We are setting aside Total Allowable Catch for fish that can be harvested out of our waters. So we are now deliberately setting aside good portions for the fish that will be allocated to the small scale fishing communities.”

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK.