Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
The 2018/19 West Coast Rock Lobster (WCRL) Total Allowable Catch (TAC) and Recreational Fishing Season has been announced.
In a statement, the agriculture, forestry and fisheries department declared that a TAC of 1084 tons has been determined for the 2018/19 fishing season as compared to 1924.08 tons last year.
This represents a 43.6% reduction.
Offshore commercial fishing is allocated 575.43 tons while recreational fishing is allocated 38.76 tons.
The offshore allocation for the small-scale fishing sector stands at 143.71 tons.
The department also points out that the commercial and small-scale fishing sectors are authorized to undertake fishing for four months in each super area/zone.
Recreational fishing for WCRL is limited to 12 days allocated between 15 December 2018 and 21 April 2019.
Meanwhile, the department recently briefed parliament on the National Framework for the Commercialization of Black Producers.
The framework is designed to support the sustainable commercialization of black producer’s farming enterprises in the agriculture, forestry and fisheries sectors and boost production.
It is premised on a two-fold approach, namely, the development phase for potential producers to operate at a commercial level and the provision of blended funding to commercialise black producers.
Blended funding consisting of grants and loans seeks to develop 450 sustainable and profitable black commercial producers across South Africa over the next five years.