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Comment Sought on SEIAS on Fishing Rights Allocation Process

May 24, 2021

Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment

Role-players in the fishing industry have been invited to comment on the Draft Phase 1 documents on the Socio-Economic Impact Assessment System (SEIAS) pertaining to the commercial Fishing Rights Allocation Process (FRAP).

In June 2020, the forestry, fisheries and the environment minister, Barbara Creecy, announced, in Government Gazette 43477, the commencement of the FRAP and revised timeframes until 31 December 2021.

The announcement was made in terms of the Marine Living Resources Act.

The notice further indicated that the department will be embarking on the SEIAS in accordance with the cabinet resolution of February 2007 that came into effect on 1 October 2015.

In a statement, the forestry, fisheries and the environment department points out that the initial phase (phase 1) of the SEIAS has been conducted.

“Completion of the SEIAS is a consultative process, whose objectives are, amongst others, to enable the department as the regulating authority to conduct broader analysis of socio-economic challenges, associated potential losses and benefits, risks and mitigation measures, whilst ensuring alignment of the policies with the National Development Plan (2030) by taking into consideration how policy proposals impact on and relate to the transformation and inclusive growth of the economy.”

According to the department, comment is invited prior to submission for consideration to the Branch: Policy and Research Services in the presidency.

Comment is invited until 27 May 2021.