Environmental awareness training posters

Tackling environmental concerns requires change at every level and creative ideas can help bring about behavioural change. This was the stance taken by the Responsible Fisheries Alliance (RFA) when formalising a partnership with Strika Entertainment aimed at creating awareness about environmental changes. Posters were designed to reiterate key marine conservation messages discussed at the...

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Rory Line: A silver lining for seabirds

Global seabird populations have experienced a recent decline, largely attributed to the incidental mortalities caused by commercial fishing operations. Scavenging birds, including many endangered albatross species are fatally attracted to fishing vessels. The recent implementation of Tori Lines has reduced seabird mortalities by up to 90%, however there are still a large number of seabirds that...

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How much energy do African penguins extract from the sea?

African penguins are severely under threat and are now considered Endangered by the World Conservation Union. Their populations have decreased by over 90% since the turn of the last century, initially as a result of egg collecting and guano scraping but more recently as a result of competition between man and penguins for a source of food – sardines and anchovies. The Responsible Fisheries...

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Potential bycatch mitigation measures: inshore trawl fishery

The inshore trawl fishery of the Cape South coast targets shallow-water hake and sole. Total allowable catches are set for these species, and permit holders hold quotas for one or both species. However, inshore trawlers catch a wide variety of species. An initial study conducted by the University of Cape Town and WWF indicates that the inshore trawl takes a substantial catch of non-target and...

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Developing Bird Mitigation Plans to reduce seabird mortality

Albatrosses are amongst the most endangered group of animals on the planet with 18 of 21 albatrosses threatened with extinction, partly as a result of their interactions with fishing gear. A proactive study conducted by the hake trawl fishery concluded that approximately 18 000 birds were killed per year. The industry responded swiftly and implemented the mandatory use of Tori Lines. Through the...

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Responsible Fisheries Training Programme

  For responsibly managed fisheries, it is important to understand the dynamics of individual populations and the ecosystem as a whole. It is equally important to have appropriate policies and regulations in place which incorporate all aspects of an ecosystem approach. However, the fact that this is a necessary but not a sufficient condition is apparent. If the people on the ground like the...

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Review of the observer programme and observer data: 2002-2009

  Data collection on fishing practices, catches and methods is necessary for the successful management of fisheries worldwide. There are various sources of data, such as skipper’s logbooks and independent surveys which can be used collectively to make management decisions. Even so, some vital information is often missing, for example discards and actual fishing practices. To overcome this...

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Who we are

The Responsible Fisheries Alliance is a non-profit body made up of like-minded organisations working together to ensure that healthy marine ecosystems underpin a robust seafood industry in southern Africa. This group of like-minded organisations continues to share and contribute resources and time towards  the sharing of information, expertise and competencies to positively effect responsible fishing while influencing policy and fishery governance.

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Calls for project proposals

Calls for project proposals

The Responsible Fisheries Alliance (RFA) is looking to fund applied projects that address key issues relevant to the implementation of an Ecosystems Approach to Fisheries management (EAF). The alliance wants to expand its current scope of projects (see rfalliance.org.za/projects) by prioritising new projects which focus on the following areas: 1) Integrated ocean management The RFA wants to...

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Bycatch in inshore trawl fishery under the spotlight

Bycatch in inshore trawl fishery under the spotlight

A new bycatch co-management programme for the inshore trawl fishery is being piloted from this year. The sustainable harvesting of bycatch species has long been an interest of the Responsible Fisheries Alliance (RFA). A previous RFA project, in collaboration with Associate Professor Colin Attwood from UCT’s Marine Research Institute determined the range of species caught in the inshore...

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Addition of BirdLife South Africa gives the RFA wings

BirdLife South Africa has joined the Responsible Fisheries Alliance (RFA) to support the implementation of responsible fishing practices leading to healthy ecosystems along the coastline.   The RFA is a partnership between WWF South Africa and BirdLife South Africa, and four major fishing companies, namely Irvin & Johnson (I&J), Oceana Group, Sea Harvest and Viking Fishing. The RFA...

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