Responsible Fisheries Alliance cautions Government on West Coast Rock Lobster

Cape Town (February 2017) -The Responsible Fisheries Alliance (RFA) has cautioned that the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries’ (DAFF’s) decision to overlook the scientifically-based agreed-upon recovery plan for the West Coast Rock Lobster (WCRL) fishery could not only compromise the long-term future and sustainability of the WCRL stock but also ultimately influence trade. The...

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Improving compliance through training

Improving compliance through training

In South Africa, the fishing sector is governed by the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) and any person or company who desires to trade or deal with fish products needs to be in possession of a DAFF permit. Every DAFF permit is accompanied by a set of clearly outlined rules or conditions with which the permit holder needs to comply.  All DAFF permit holders are regularly...

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Taking stock of bycatch

Taking stock of bycatch

Where there is trawl fishing, there is incidental bycatch of various species – often in large quantities. Through a joint project, bycatch will now be assessed in one of South Africa’s biggest fisheries. Over the next three years, WWF South Africa (WWF-SA) and the South African Deep Sea Trawling Industry Association (SADSTIA) will be working together on a project to make a positive impact on...

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Benchmarking South Africa’s fisheries – Global comparisons of sustainability and management

Benchmarking South Africa’s fisheries – Global comparisons of sustainability and management

Ever wondered how the sustainability of South African fisheries fair against international fisheries? The Responsible Fisheries Alliance (RFA) implemented a project to look into exactly this. Five major South African fisheries were compared to three international fisheries per sector (representing in each case the largest global fishery, a Marine Stewardship Certification (MSC) certified fishery...

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Debating South Africa’s MPA expansion strategy

Debating South Africa’s MPA expansion strategy

The South African government has proposed 22 new marine protected areas (MPAs) within South Africa’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) through the rollout of Operation Phakisa. These proposed MPAs have been designed to protect important marine ecosystems and habitats that are necessary to ensure the sustainability of South Africa’s marine living resources. Each MPA has set management objectives,...

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