Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment
Implementation of the Regulations to Domesticate the Requirements of the Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade has been suspended.
The forestry, fisheries and the environment department announced the suspension in Government Gazette 45503 in terms of the National Environmental Management Act.
The suspension applies from the date of publication for 12 months.
According to the department, the Regulations apply to importers and exporters of the chemicals listed in Annex III of the Rotterdam Convention and to pesticides and industrial chemicals controlled under South African legislation.
The Regulations also outline the prior informed consent procedure that enables countries to monitor and control trade in hazardous chemicals and pesticides.
The department added that the 12-month suspension is necessary to allow sufficient time to ensure compliance with Article 5 of the Rotterdam Convention which requires, inter alia, that South Africa notify the Secretariat of the Convention of the implementation of the Regulations and to effect some necessary corrections to the Regulations.
In Gazette 45504, the department published an invitation to apply for rights to undertake commercial fishing in various sectors including Hake Deep-Sea Trawl; Hake Longline; South Coast Rock Lobster; Small Pelagic (Pilchard and Anchovy); KZN Crustacean Trawl; Squid; Demersal Shark; Tuna Pole-Line and Traditional Linefish.
The invitation was issued in terms of the Marine Living Resources Act.
The notice includes the General Policy on the Allocation and Management of Commercial Fishing Rights and Sector Specific Policies.