Monitoring of Endangered, Threatened and Protected (ETP) species landed in five major South African fisheries

Monitoring of Endangered, Threatened and Protected (ETP) species landed in five major South African fisheries

In 2014, the Responsible Fisheries Alliance (RFA) commissioned the University of Cape Town (UCT) to identify significant endangered, threatened and protected (ETP) species caught, mostly as bycatch, in five major South African commercial fisheries. These include the hake inshore trawl, the hake offshore trawl, the hake longline, the horse mackerel midwater trawl, and the tuna and swordfish...

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Reflecting on eight years of the Responsible Fisheries Alliance

Reflecting on eight years of the Responsible Fisheries Alliance

The Responsible Fisheries Alliance (RFA) has come a long way since its inception eight years ago. It was initiated by WWF South Africa alongside South Africa’s major fishing companies to promote collaboration in finding solutions for major environmental challenges affecting the fishing industry. In reflecting on successes to date, the RFA Review (2009 – 2017) celebrates progress made and...

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New animation illustrates the stark reality of seabed mining impact

New animation illustrates the stark reality of seabed mining impact

Since 2015 the Safeguard our Seabed Coalition, of which the Responsible Fisheries Alliance is a member, has been pursuing a moratorium on marine phosphate mining in South Africa. Mining for marine phosphates entails crushing and sucking up the top several metres of the seabed to extract phosphate. The remaining sediments are released back into the water in a large plume that can smother larger...

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RFA Agreement: Two more years of responsible practice

RFA Agreement: Two more years of responsible practice

Alliance members, World Wide Fund for Nature South Africa (WWF-SA), BirdLife South Africa, I&J, Oceana, Sea Harvest and Viking Fishing, has signed a new two-year agreement before the end of 2017. In renewing this commitment, the RFA agrees that the hallmarks of a responsible fishing company are ensuring its fishing operations and seafood products are sustainable, transparent, traceable and...

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Training is critical to promote responsible fishing practices

Training is critical to promote responsible fishing practices

One of the most important accomplishments of the Responsible Fisheries Alliance (RFA) has been the running of a training programme, which has to date trained over 1500 South African skippers, fishers, fisheries observers and fisheries inspectors. The course has also been presented in Namibia and Angola and has been piloted in Mozambique. The course aims to give attendees an understanding of the...

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