Oceans of plastic

Oceans of plastic

Plastic is everywhere. You are probably surrounded by plastic as you read this, from the computer or cell phone you’re reading on to the chair you’re sitting on to the takeout box you may have eaten from. It is estimated that over 300 million metric tons of plastic is produced every year. In fact more plastic was produced over the last 10 years than during the previous 100 years! Plastic is a...

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Assessing the impact of seismic surveys on South African fisheries

Assessing the impact of seismic surveys on South African fisheries

In 2016, the Responsible Fisheries Alliance contracted Namibian fisheries consultant, William David Russell, to conduct a desktop study to assess the impact of seismic surveys on South African fisheries. This study was concluded in April 2018 and it is hoped that the findings of the report, will act as a resource for strategic discussions going forward with the seismic exploration industry,...

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Dr Theressa Frantz takes the lead in the RFA

Dr Theressa Frantz takes the lead in the RFA

Newly appointed RFA Chairperson, Dr Theressa Frantz, says we all have a role to play in improving the fisheries sector for the health of our oceans and the well-being of all who benefit from it. A seasoned fisheries biologist, Frantz heads up WWF South Africa’s Environmental Programmes and is the newly appointed Chairperson of the Responsible Fisheries Alliance (RFA). Dr Frantz is driven by her...

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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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