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Aquaculture Development Bill Withdrawn

April 8, 2020


The Aquaculture Development Bill has been withdrawn from parliament.

The bill was tabled in June 2018.

Cabinet approved the bill for tabling in May 2018.

In its statement at the time, cabinet pointed out that the draft bill seeks to promote aquaculture development in the oceans economy.

The draft bill was published for comment in 2016.

The national assembly revived the bill at the beginning of March 2020.

Some of the objectives the bill sought to achieve include the setting up of an Intergovernmental Authorisations Committee, a National Aquaculture Intergovernmental Forum, a Provincial Aquaculture Intergovernmental Forum and a National Aquaculture Stakeholder Liaison Forum.

The plan was also to appoint aquaculture extension officers and specialists on contract.

Other objectives included to promote coordination of aquaculture research and development activities; enable the aquaculture sector to be regulated more effectively; promote transformation of the aquaculture sector; promote investment into the aquaculture sector; promote aquaculture as a farming activity; and make provision for appropriate support services.