Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
An Appeals Advisory Team on the Fisheries Rights Allocation Process (FRAP2015/16) for West Coast Rock Lobster has been appointed.
The agriculture, forestry and fisheries minister, Senzeni Zokwana, announced this during an update on progress on the allocation of fishing rights.
The team will wrap up its work on all the West Coast Rock Lobster fishery appeals by 31 August 2018.
The minister also announced that the first two small-scale fishing co-operatives were registered in May and July 2018.
A rights allocation process for co-operatives was initiated in July 2018.
“The process going forward is to announce the final list of successful fishers in Western Cape and to provide training to these fishers before mobilising the fishers into co-operatives. The next step is to complete the small-scale fishing rights allocation process for all co-operatives and to facilitate support programmes after the rights have been allocated.”
Small scale fishing rights are likely to be allocated first to the Northern Cape by September 2018 with the other provinces to follow in 2018/19.
With regard to the poaching of marine resources, the justice and constitutional development department will be approached to “consider re-opening Environmental Courts where in Fisheries cases can be dealt with specialisation and with prioritisation (that) they deserve because currently they compete with other cases like Murder, Rape, Assault GBH, which are generally viewed to be more serious than Fisheries cases.”