Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries
19 November 2019
20 small-scale fishing co-operatives in the Eastern Cape have been awarded 15-year small-scale fishing rights.
In a statement, the environment, forestry and fisheries department confirmed that the granting of the rights is part of the transition process to the new small-scale fishing sector.
The fishing rights apply to squid, hake hand line, traditional line fish, seaweed, East Coast Rock Lobster and abalone ranching.
According to the department, “all species allocated for own use will be accessed by all members for food security whereas species requested for commercial purposes will be owned and controlled by the co-operative for the cooperatives’ business operations”.
In order to cater for species that require use of a vessel to fish, the department pointed out that Total Allowable Effort will be apportioned between small-scale and commercial sector during the allocation of commercial rights in 2021.
Meanwhile, the department, during a briefing on its Second Quarter Performance Report for 2019/20, indicated that the drafting of the implementation plan for the Aquaculture Development Act has not commenced.
According to the department, the drafting of the plan is dependent on parliamentary approval and the enactment of the Aquaculture Development Bill.
The bill was tabled in parliament in 2018 but lapsed at the end of the 5th parliament.
At this stage, it has yet to be revived.
The department also pointed out that Draft Carbon Budget and Mitigation Plans Regulations have been drawn up.
Consultations on the proposed regulations are dependent on completion of the Climate Change Bill.
A Draft Climate Change Bill was published for comment in February 2019.
The draft bill seeks to:
• build the Republic’s effective climate change response and the long term, just transition to a climate resilient and lower carbon economy and society in the context of an environmentally sustainable development framework; and
• provide for matters connected therewith.