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Balancing the books for South Africa’s small-scale fisheries: Resources, rights and social and economic returns

Venue: Strand Towers Hotel, Strand Street, Cape Town
Date: 30 May 2017
Time: 13:30 to 14:30

Presenter: Professor Kevern Cochrane, Rhodes University

South Africa’s marine fisheries provide employment, livelihoods and food security for tens of thousands of people in the country. About 27 000 people are employed in the commercial sector and an additional approximately 30 000 small-scale fishers depend on fisheries. The sector, however, is in a crisis that is particularly affecting the small-scale fishers. Over-fished resources, chaos and confusion over fishing rights, and illegal fishing are seriously impacting these fishers and the communities of which they are a part. This talk will review the problems, and the areas where some progress is being made, and attempt to identify the underlying causes, challenges and some solutions. The 2012 Policy for the Small Scale Fisheries Sector is intended to rectify the historical neglect of small-scale fishers in South Africa and to ensure their access to the country’s marine living resources. However, implementation of the policy has been slow and surrounded by controversy. This presentation will also discuss the potential benefits of the policy and some constraints that need to be recognised and addressed in implementation.

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