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Parliament Briefed on Fishing Rights Allocation Process 2020

November 12, 2020

Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries

Tight timeframes made worse by Covid-19 lockdown restrictions is one of the challenges to the Fishing Rights Allocation Process (FRAP) 2020.

The environment, forestry and fisheries department highlighted this in a briefing in parliament on FRAP2020.

In 2019 the timeframe for the implementation of FRAP2020 was extended to 31 December 2021.

The department pointed out that the roadmap has been adjusted to assist with catching up on key deliverables.

Balancing policy imperatives such as the duration of fishing rights; new entrants versus existing right holders; transformation; multi-sector/multi-species approach; access to vessels and paper quota holders was also identified as a challenge.

The department announced that a number of service providers are to be appointed between November 2020 and January 2021 to boost its capacity to deliver on FRAP.

According to the department, the call for application for Commercial Fishing Rights will be made in June/July 2021; the adjudication of applications and allocation of fishing rights between July and November 2021; the appeals process to get underway in October/November 2021 and the evaluation and adjudication of appeals from November/December 2021.

In terms of the implementation of small-scale fisheries, challenges identified by the department include empty basket of species; staff capacity; the risk that small-scale fishers can be under-capacitated to operate co-operatives and delays in the Western Cape.

Proposed solutions include a clear resources split to be made available to the small-scale fishery sector and increasing support to small-scale fishers.

Meanwhile, in an earlier briefing to the select committee on land reform, environment, mineral resources and energy on the Draft Norms and Standards for the Trophy Hunting of Leopard in South Africa, the department indicated that a key area of concern related to the age of male leopards (seven years or older).

The department also pointed out that aspects to be dealt with through a procedural guideline rather than to legislate it through the Norms and Standards include who should apply for hunting quotas; who should the quota be allocated to; date by which applications for hunting quotas should be submitted and disincentives for hunting under-aged male or female leopard.

The department seeks approval from the national council of provinces on the draft norms and standards in order to resolve conflict that may arise between national and provincial legislation.