Small-Scale Fishing Cooperatives Under the Spotlight

Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries

The agriculture, forestry and fisheries department has announced that the amount of resources to be made available to small-scale fishing cooperatives will be determined by species habitat.

The announcement was made in a statement detailing the success of the small-scale fisheries cooperative training programme.

The department added that the final figure will be announced soon.

Allocations to commercial fisheries are being reduced to accommodate small-scale fisheries.

According to the department, additional resources will be transferred to “small-scale fisheries as the current rights expire in the nearshore commercial fisheries.”

The department is busy facilitating support programmes for small-scale fishing cooperatives to ensure “meaningful participation in the entire value-chain.”

Meanwhile, in a separate statement, the department has announced the minister’s decisions on 14 appeals filed by applicants in the Patagonian Toothfish Sector.

Five fishing rights have been allocated with two vessels authorized to exploit South Africa’s catch allowance.

The general published reasons for the minister’s decisions are also attached.

Sabinet Cape Town Office