Meet Dr Theressa Frantz, the RFA’s new Chairperson

Meet Dr Theressa Frantz, the RFA’s new Chairperson

With the signing of an agreement for another two-year term of operating by the Responsible Fisheries Alliance, member organisations appointed seasoned fisheries biologist and head of WWF South Africa’s Environmental Programmes Unit, Dr Theressa Frantz, as the new RFA Chairperson. Dr Frantz says her focus will be on ensuring that the RFA continues to play a leading role in implementing the...

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Sea Harvest and Viking Fishing Group enter into purchase agreement

Sea Harvest and Viking Fishing Group enter into purchase agreement

In July 2018, a black economic empowerment (BEE) consortium led by one of the RFA’s founding members, Sea Harvest, acquired 100% of the fishing business of Viking Fishing Holdings Proprietary Limited (Viking). The purchase, which covers all of Viking’s fishing businesses, including its vessels, property, fishing rights, factories and a share ownership of Viking Aquaculture, was approved by...

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RFA and DAFF partner to introduce electronic logbook

A very exciting project is underway involving a review of the current Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) demersal catch systems to incorporate the use of electronic logbooks. This project seeks to streamline the capture of fisheries data used to assist and inform stock assessments for key marine species in South Africa. This is a preview of RFA and DAFF partner to introduce...

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The importance of marine spatial management

The importance of marine spatial management

South Africa’s marine environment supports thousands of jobs, contributes billions of rands to the economy, and fishery harvests provide food security to many thousands of South Africans. Our rich biodiversity also draws thousands of tourists to the country, also contributing to the economy. But the pressure is increasing to derive more services and benefits from our oceans. Activities such as...

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Learner reflections on the responsible fisheries training

Learner reflections on the responsible fisheries training

To date the RFA has trained more than 1650 fishers, observers and compliance officers in responsible fisheries practices. We spoke to three learners and asked them for feedback on the training they received during 2018:         Verushka Minnaar: 20 years’ fish processing experience, supervisor white fish processing This is a preview of Learner reflections on the responsible...

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