Core Objectives

  • Embark on a consultative campaign to position FishSA as the credible voice of the commercial fishing industry.
  • Striving for maximum cohesiveness in the commercial fishing sector through regular engagement with all relevant internal stakeholders.
  • Identify and prioritize immediate issues affecting the industry, e.g. SMME development, jobs, fishing rights, government research, etc.
  • Ensuring that social and economic impacts of policy changes in FRAP 2020 are taken into account by government.
  • Play our role in BUSA with regard to the Presidential Jobs Summit and other key national objectives that impact on the fishing industry.
  • Ensure open door policy and forums for stakeholders to share their views on industry issues.

Embark on a consultative campaign to position FishSA as the credible voice of the commercial fishing industry

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(This is already happening in a number of areas and should be sustained beyond the FRAP2020 era.)

Striving for maximum cohesiveness in the commercial fishing sector through regular engagement with all relevant internal stakeholders

Identify and prioritize immediate issues affecting the industry, e.g. SMME development, jobs, fishing rights, government research, etc.

Ensuring that social and economic impacts of policy changes in FRAP 2020 are taken into account by government

(Members are currently engaging with a range of government departments, and feedback will be increased)

Play our role in BUSA with regard to the Presidential Jobs Summit and other key national objectives that impact on the fishing industry

(SADSTIA has put forward some job creation initiatives – in future, other associations should be included)

Ensure open door policy and forums for stakeholders to share their views on industry issues.

  • Being the credible voice of commercial fishing in South Africa wherever FishSA is present.
  • Supporting industry-based fisheries research in South Africa and providing a suppository for accessible environmental sustainability, socio-economic, co-management and compliance research data and information.
  • Represent the industry in interactions with government bodies (DAFF, DEA, SAMSA, DoT, DTI, NRCS, etc.) and other forums on issues such as policy and legislative development and monitoring policy and legislation developments affecting the industry.
  • Representing the fishing industry in the business environment, e.g. in BUSA, NEDLAC, business summits and other forums.
  • Support environmentally sustainable fishing in appropriate national, regional and international forums.

Being the credible voice of commercial fishing in South Africa wherever FishSA is present.

(By obtaining the support of most commercial fishing associated RIBs and devising an effective outreach strategy)

Supporting industry-based fisheries research in South Africa and providing a suppository for accessible environmental sustainability, socio-economic, co- management and compliance research data and information.

(This could include discussion with DAFF on collaboration with its Gilchrist Library)

Represent the industry in interactions with government bodies (DAFF, DEA, SAMSA, DoT, DTI, NRCS, etc.) and other forums on issues such as policy and legislative development and monitoring policy and legislation developments affecting the industry.

(This should extend beyond the current FRAP2020 era).

Representing the fishing industry in the business environment, e.g. in BUSA, NEDLAC, business summits and other forums.

(Although this is already happening, the profile of the fishing industry in these areas should be heightened through greater and more effective presence and participation)

Support environmentally sustainable fishing in appropriate national, regional and international forums.

(Working with DAFF, DEA, WWF, FAO, MSC, Birdlife, CSIR, RFA, and other government and NGOs).