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SADSTIA is an association of South African trawler owners and operators. It is a recognised industrial body that interacts with government, non-governmental organisations and other interested parties for the benefit of the South African deep-sea trawl industry.

SADSTIA and its affiliates represent all right-holders in the deep-sea trawl sector, accounting for 100% of the hake landed by this fishery. The Association is governed by its members and an executive committee is responsible for its management.

The chairman and/or deputy chairman and an executive secretary take care of the day-to-day management of the association.

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The Fishery

Facts and figures

Facts and figures

The South African hake industry accounts for more than 50% of the value of South Africa's commercial fisheries. Over 95% of the trawling industry's catch is landed in the Western Cape Province where fishing is an economic mainstay.  Annual h... Read more

The economic significance of the deep-sea trawl fishery

The economic significance of the deep-sea trawl fishery

Although commercial fishing makes a relatively small contribution to South Africa's gross domestic product, the industry is highly concentrated in the Western Cape Province and is an important contributor to the provincial GDP. And, the estimated 6 653 workers... Read more

Employment

Employment

The deep-sea trawl fishery is labour intensive and creates an estimated 65 jobs for every thousand tons of hake landed. A total of 6 653 people are employed by the fishery, either on fishing vessels or at land-based processing plants. Although most seafarers... Read more

The Cape hakes

The Cape hakes

Two species of hake are found in South African waters: the shallow-water Cape hake Merluccius capensis and the deep-water hake Merluccius paradoxus. Both species are referred to as "demersal fish" because they generally live and feed on or near the seabed (the... Read more

The MSC certification

The MSC certification

The South African hake trawl fishery is certified by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), the world’s leading certification and eco-labelling program for sustainable wild-caught seafood. The fishe... Read more

The Responsible Fisheries Alliance

The Responsible Fisheries Alliance

Five of SADSTIA’s members (I&J, the Oceana Group, Pioneer Fishing, Sea Harvest and Viking Fishing) are also members of the Responsible Fisheries Alliance, a non-profit organisation that is working... Read more

Where we are

Location

Physical address

2nd Floor
Harbour Place
Martin Hammerschlag Way
Foreshore
Cape Town
South Africa

Postal address

PO Box 2066
Cape Town
8000
South Africa

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The SADSTIA logo

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The SADSTIA logo was used for the first time in 1988 when the members of the Association were engaged in a long-term effort to rebuild deep-sea fish stocks in the wake of the devastation caused by foreign fishing fleets between 1961 and 1977. Read more...

Contact Us

Tel: +27 (0)21 425 2727
Fax: +27 (0)21 419 0785
Email: johann@sadstia.co.za or chairman@sadstia.co.za