Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment
The appeals process for the 2021 Fishing Rights Allocation Process (FRAP) is underway.
In a statement, the forestry, fisheries and the environment department confirmed that the appeals process runs from 29 March to 29 April 2022.
Appeals must be lodged online on the prescribed Appeals Form through the FRAP 2021 website.
The General Policy on the Allocation of Commercial Fishing Rights 2021 and the Fisheries Sector Specific Policies make provision for any applicants or affected or interested person to appeal to the minister against the decisions of the delegated authority in any respective fishing sector.
“Subject to the appeals received and the assessment thereof, the rights registers may change and the proportion of the available Total Allowable Catch (TAC), Total Applied Effort (TAE) or a combination thereof to successful and/or existing right holders may be adjusted upwards or downwards based on the outcomes so as not to exceed the approved TAC/TAE.”
Meanwhile, the department has briefed parliament on the Commercial Forestry Sector Master Plan.
Cabinet approved the Master Plan in November 2020.
According to the cabinet statement, the Plan balances environmental, economic and social benefit from the forestry resources.
It focuses on seven key areas, namely, expansion of the forestry resource and maintenance/protection; transformation of the sector; value addition and processing; timber theft and illegal activities; research, development, innovation and skills development; key inhibitors to the growth of the sector and institutional development.
During the briefing, the department informed the portfolio committee on environment, forestry and fisheries that measures to speed up the implementation of the Master Plan are being put in place.
Interventions include strengthening of the Secretariat and focused meetings with relevant departments to discuss areas that need attention.
In another briefing last week, the department updated the committee on the proposed tabling of the accession to the amended Nairobi Convention for the Protection, Management and Development of the Marine and Coastal Environment of the Western Indian Ocean in parliament for approval.
The Convention was amended in 2010.
“The overall amendment of the original convention was based on the fact that the original Convention was developed in 1985 and does not cater for the new and emerging uses of the coastal and marine environment and therefore needed to be updated to address the current challenges.”
The preamble was also amended to refer to the Parties of the West Indian Ocean region thereby allowing for the inclusion of South Africa in its geographical scope.
It had previously referred to the marine and coastal environment of the East African region.