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Fishing Rights Allocation Process Extended

September 9, 2019

Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries

9 September 2019

The Fishing Rights Allocation Process (FRAP) for twelve commercial fishing sectors has been extended until 31 December 2021.

In a statement, the environment, forestry and fisheries department announced that cabinet, at its latest meeting, had decided to extend the timeframes for dealing with the fishing rights that are set to expire on 31 December 2020.

The twelve sectors are: KZN Prawn Trawl; Demersal Shark; Tune-Pole Line; Hake Handline; Line Fish; White Mussels; Oysters; Squid; Small Pelagics (Pilchard and Anchovy); Hake Deepsea Trawl; Hake Longline; and South Coast Rock Lobster.

The department pointed out that the decision to extend the timeframes “will be in the interest of all South Africans, including both the current right holders and aspirant applicants”.

During 2021, the department will conduct socio-economic impact analysis studies on the General Policy on the Allocation of Commercial Fishing Rights and the 12 sector-specific policies.

A Supplier Information Workshop to outline the specific requirements and outcomes of the various processes that will be put out to tender will soon be convened.

The department emphasized that, during the FRAP process, an extensive public consultation process on the proposed policies, application forms and amended fees to be payable will be undertaken.

In a recent meeting with fishers on the West Coast, the minister of environment, forestry and fisheries, Barbara Creecy, announced that the department will conclude the allocation of fishing rights for small-scale co-operatives in Kwazulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape during September and October, while the allocations in the Western Cape will be concluded at the beginning of the fishing season.