My first four months into my FishSA internship has been insightful and enriching. Fresh off a Political Science Master’s Program, I did not know where my degree would fit in with the industry. I was soon to find out that my degree would be useful in understanding the role sectorial associations part ensuring sustainable fishing practices in the country. I have also learned of the important role the umbrella body, FishSA, plays in enabling a business environment where its members can perform competitively and profitably. I have learned that it is crucial that we do not underestimate the role fishing organizations play in providing gainful employment for South Africans and their contribution to our economy. I am extremely grateful for the opportunity given to me and the chance to work with extraordinary colleagues.
Five months into my internship with FishSA/SADSTIA, I find myself gaining a new found passion for the fishing industry. From understanding how the final fish we consume gets produced due to the numerous factory visits I was afforded, to the educational conversations that Dr. Johann Augustyn provided on various topics i.e. fisheries management, the ocean’s ecosystem, environmental certification and a general understanding of the fishery industry. Moreover, applying my academic knowledge with what I am picking up in the fishing environment I find myself in, towards building FishSA into what it is envisioned to be; the first stop in relation to the fishing industry. This is not an easy and short road but the personal growth is evident, as well as the tangible results in relation to building the FishSA brand.