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, will look to sign 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...

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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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RFA Video Series Published

RFA Video Series Published

The Responsible Fisheries Alliance (RFA) has produced a series of videos featuring interviews with key RFA stakeholders who have contributed in some way to the success of the Alliance over the past few years. The aim of the series is to capture the views of these stakeholders regarding the role played by the RFA in promoting an ecosystems approach to fisheries management in South Africa. The...

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