DAFF Updates Parliament on Small-Scale Fisheries Policy

Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries

The agriculture, forestry and fisheries department wants to finalise all rights allocation appeals by 18 June 2018.

This was announced during a briefing in parliament on the Small-Scale Fisheries Policy.

Implementation of the policy got underway in 2016.

In a briefing on the department’s progress in resolving fishing community grievances, the department pointed out that increased small-scale fishing in 2020 can only occur with a change of policy reducing the allocation of commercial fishing rights in 2020.

In a briefing on preparation for the allocation of the 2020 commercial fishing rights, the department announced that it plans to review the current General Policy, the 12 Sector Specific Policies and Application Forms as well as the Transfer Policy during the last quarter of the 2017/18 financial year.

The Fishing Rights Allocation Process (FRAP) 2020 Roadmap will be finalised by the middle of January 2018.

Consultations on the draft policies, application forms and proposed fees are anticipated to commence during the first quarter of the 2018/19 financial year and to be finalised during the second quarter of the 2018/19 financial year.

Meanwhile, in a statement, the portfolio committee on agriculture, forestry and fisheries has called for “amendments to Section 21 and Section 28 of the Small-Scale Fishing Policy to provide mechanisms for transfer of rights from commercial to small-scale fisheries, and for the revoking of near-shore fishing rights from those near-shore rights holders who are not exercising their rights.”

Sabinet Cape Town Office