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Policy on Transfer of Commercial Fishing Rights Drawn Up

September 22, 2021

Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment

The Draft Policy on the Transfer of Commercial Fishing Rights has been drawn up.

The forestry, fisheries and the environment department published the Draft Policy in Government Gazette 45180 for comment.

The Draft Policy flows from the Marine Living Resources Act.

It sets out the principles and management that will govern the transfer of a commercial fishing right or right or part thereof.

The Draft Policy is designed to outline the manner in which applications for the transfer of commercial fishing rights or rights or parts thereof should be submitted and processed in order to provide guidance and to ensure consistency in the process.

It also aims to “guard against dilution of transformation in the fishing industry” and prevent undue concentration of rights in the hands of one or more individuals or companies and prevent or avoid fronting practices from occurring within the fishing industry.

Draft Sector Specific Policies for the 2021/22 Fishing Rights Allocation Process are also published for comment.

The Draft Policies set out the objectives, criteria and considerations to guide the allocation of fishing rights in the various fishing industries.

Comment is invited within 30 calendar days of the date of publication.