DAFF to Focus on Fisheries Management

Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries

The agriculture, forestry and fisheries department will focus on Fisheries Management in 2018.

The department of agriculture, forestry and fisheries has briefed parliament on its inputs into the State of the Nation address.

The briefing highlights its plans and key themes for the coming year.

One of its most important tasks is the management of South Africa’s fisheries. The following items were highlighted in the document:

•    Aquaculture catalysts projects: Aquaculture has been included in the Oceans Economy Operation Phakisa. A total of eight initiatives in aquaculture were identified to spur the growth of the sector;
•    Aquaculture Bill: The development of the bill was identified as an enabler by the Oceans Economy Operation Phakisa. The Bill was thoroughly consulted through the relevant structures and will be submitted to Parliament for approval in 2018/19; and
•    Inland Fisheries Policy: The department is developing an inland fisheries policy that is due to go through stakeholder consultation in March-April 2018. The policy is designed to align inland fishery governance with Constitutional requirements for a sustainable development approach to natural resource utilization for the benefit of all citizens.

Meanwhile, the department also highlighted the following in the briefing:

•    Forestry and Natural Resource Management: The department is developing a Climate Smart Agricultural Strategic Framework to the sector in the implementation of climate smart agriculture practices; and
•    Agriculture Graduate Placement Programme: The programme will commence with implementation during the 2018/19 financial year and seeks to provide unemployed agricultural, forestry and fisheries graduates with opportunities to gain on-the-job experience, while bridging the gap of ageing producers and reducing unemployment and poverty among youth.

Sabinet Cape Town Office