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Milestone as 15-year rights granted to small-scale fishing community in South Africa by GUY ROGERS November 21,2019   |  Source: HeraldLIVE

More than 1,500 people represented by 20 small-scale fishing co-operatives were awarded subsistence and commercial fishing rights at a celebratory event in the Lilian Ngoyi Community Sports Centre in Kwazakhele, South Africa, at the weekend.

The 15-year rights, which give the holders access to a range of species from rock lobster and hake to squid and perlemoen, were issued by environment, forestry and fisheries minister Barbara Creecy on Saturday.

The ceremony was part of a series of events scheduled for rollout under the department’s new strategy that looks to allocate “a share of the economy” to SA coastal communities that have historically and traditionally relied on the sea.

The strategy envisages that 300-odd co-operatives, including 78 in the Eastern Cape, will benefit across the four coastal provinces.

One of the beneficiaries, Deon Spandiel of the Eastern Cape Khoisan Small-Scale Fishing Co-operative, said the allocation would help the northern areas.

“We are so excited. Now we can create jobs in the northern areas to take the youth away from gangsterism,” he said.

“We are going to go to the schools to talk about the possibilities. We will train them in fishing and seamanship.”

Creecy acknowledged that the rights allocation had been a

 

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