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South Africa launches food relief for small-scale fishers

The raging COVID-19 crisis in South Africa continues to worsen the lives of small-scale fishers as the government tightens measures, initially announced in late March, that led to the closure of key consuming markets for fish and fish products. With nowhere to sell their catch, small-scale fishers face deepening poverty and worsening food shortages, even…
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Food parcels to be distributed to small-scale, interim relief fishers

Distressed small-scale and interim relief fishers across the country will receive some reprieve as the Environment, Forestry and Fisheries Department in partnership with FishSA, and major fishing corporations and the SA Fishing Development fund are set to distribute 10, 000 food parcels To date 1,500 parcels have been distributed to assist fishers in the Overberg…
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Post Brexit. It’s Business as Usual

Post Brexit. It’s Business as Usual   While European and British trawlers compete for catches in once-shared fisheries, South African and Namibian fishing companies are pleased that it will be business as usual for them in the event of a no-deal Brexit. It has taken about two years, but South Africa and five other SADC…
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Good Fishing. There’s No Stopping Sea Harvest

Good Fishing. There’s No Stopping Sea Harvest The acquisition of Viking Fishing and Viking Aquaculture, Ladismith Cheese and the buyout and delisting of Australian subsidiary Mareterram, have paid off for Sea Harvest. This week the group announced it had delivered a strong set of unaudited interim results for the period end 30 June 2019. Headline…
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FRAP 2020. Cabinet Extends Timeframes

Minister Barbara Creecy, Department of Environmental Affairs, Forestry and Fisheries The Fishing Rights Allocation Process (FRAP) 2020 will be extended to 31 December 2021, a year later than scheduled. In terms of Section 18 of the Marine Living Resources Act, 1998, 12 South African commercial fishing sectors were expecting to have their rights reconfirmed by…
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Announced. 2019 / 2020 West Coast Rock Lobster Season

Announced. 2019 / 2020 West Coast Rock Lobster Season   The 2019 / 2020 west coast rock lobster season for commercial fishing companies and recreational fishers has been determined. Recreational fishing days have been cut to 12 but the amount of fish remains the same. The Total Allowable Catch (TAC) is 1084 tons which is…
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Hake Fishery. Certification Process Underway

Namibia’s hake fishery certification process is back on track and South Africa’s re-assessment is underway. The certification of the demersal trawl and longline hake fishery by the Marine Stewardship Council began in 2017. The process has been delayed for several reasons but the recent change of project manager for the fishery, now Dr Hugh Jones,…
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