Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
26 March 2019
Co-operative certificates have been handed over to the first 29 registered small-scale fishing co-operatives in KwaZulu-Natal to be allocated 15 year fishing rights.
The agriculture, forestry and fisheries minister, Senzeni Zokwana, announced this during an address at the launch of the Small-Scale Fisheries Sector in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN).
The minister also announced the schedule for the rights application and allocation process and the support programmes for small-scale fishing co-operatives in partnership with the KZN provincial government.
The minister declared that the small-scale fisheries sector will also be launched in the Eastern Cape and Western Cape.
The Northern Cape saw the first launch last year.
The minister confirmed that 15-year renewable rights have been allocated to the small-scale fishing sector.
“As part of radical transformation and diversification of the sector from white dominated established commercial fishing companies harvesting our marine resources, I have made a declaration to allocate small-scale fishing rights from 5 years to 15-year renewable rights allocation only to Small Scale Fisheries Co-operatives,” he said.
According to the minister, 37 communities have been recognized as small scale fishing communities in KZN. The remaining eight are to be registered as cooperatives soon.