Listening to the community

Minister consults fishing communities

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The Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Ms Tina 
Joemat-Pettersson attended a meeting with fishers in Kalk Bay on a 
fisheries listening campaign. The listening campaign, which the Minister 
says “presents an opportunity for me to hear the concerns of fishers 
first hand before I receive appeals for the fishing rights allocation 
process”. The meeting was held at the Saint Holy Trinity Anglican church.

The listening campaign will be ongoing.

Over 70 fishers and members of the public discussed a variety of issues 
related to the fishing industry. In particular, they spoke about the 
fisheries rights allocation process and. Among the issues were the 
availability of fishing permits and quotas, new entrants in the fishing 
industry and the recognition of the heritage of traditional line fishers.

Said Minister Joemat-Pettersson, “I have come here to familiarize myself 
with issues that fishing communities have been raising, as I will be 
receiving appeals for the fishing rights allocation process. South 
Africa has a good story to tell, and the de-racialisation of the fishing 
industry and support to small and medium sized entreprises is one of 
these stories.

Emily Adams, who lives in Kalk Bay, said today was the first time that a 
Minister responsible for fisheries had come to listen to her community 
and added that any allocations process must identify people who come 
from a fishing historical background.”

Adams added that pre-historical, disadvantaged communities must be 
developed and must be recognized.

Horst Kleinschmidt, who oversaw the 2005 long-term fishing rights 
allocation process remarked that upon reflection, he realized that “when 
we allocated quotas we did not take into consideration to history and 
heritage in the industry. If we had paid attention to that we would not 
have the problems we have today, especially with line fishers.”

Minister Joemat-Pettersson will address the media on the appeal process 
on Sunday, 23 February 2014 in Kalk Bay.

Palesa Mokomele

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