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DEFF Puts Permit Applications for New Fisheries on Ice

April 2, 2020

Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries

No new permit applications for new fisheries (experimental and exploratory) will be accepted until further notice.

The environment, forestry and fisheries department confirmed this in Government Gazette 43145.

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

According to the department, the arrangement is implemented pending a policy review for the establishment and management of new fisheries in South Africa.

The arrangement will also allow the department to kick start a public consultation process to review the current draft policy and decide which process is most appropriate for the establishment of a new fisheries model.

“This will also allow the Department to evaluate the historical process and determine what has and has not worked, and consider various options for the new policy.”

Detail on the public consultation process will be released in due course.

Meanwhile, the department announced the promulgation of an amendment of the minimum emission standards for existing combustion installations of Sulphur Dioxide (SO2).

The revised standard is applicable to all facilities built before 2010 that will not be decommissioned by 2030.

“When implemented, the revised limit of 1000mg/Nm3 will achieve a 58% reduction in total emissions. It will significantly improve compliance compared to the current state of air, in which sulphur dioxide emissions are measured at 3500/Nm and above.”

The department emphasized that, in weighing up submissions on the amendment, a middle path has been chosen that will “allow for the progressive achievement of environmental rights and improved air quality for human health, without undermining the viability of key industries”.