The Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Mr Senzeni Zokwana, hereby informs the South African public and the traditional line fish sector in particular of that he has taken the final decisions on appeals filed against decisions taken on 30 December 2013 in the traditional line fishery (the line fishery).
Of the 425 traditional line fish granted under FRAP 2013 (inclusive of the appeals process), 58,5% or 249 traditional line fish rights have been allocated to Black fishers.
Accordingly, exemptions are no longer valid forms of authorisations to fish for traditional line fish.
Pursuant to these decisions, a total of 30 traditional line fish rights are available within the current TAE of 455 fishing rights for allocation to small-scale fishing community co-operatives.
The Minister however remains committed to ensuring that identified and qualifying small-scale fishing community co-operatives capable of fishing for traditional line fish species will be able to access such quotas on a biologically sustainable and economically viable basis.
In addition, the effort of small-scale community cooperative fishers could be further managed in terms of limiting the number of sea days given that these fishers will have access to a basket of resources and not require year-round access to traditional line fish species.