The ring fenced area represents approximately 4.4 percent of South Africa’s territorial waters. Trawling outside the ring fenced zone requires the completion of an environmental impact assessment.
The ring fence initiative has been systematically implemented by SADSTIA. A brochure and navigational software was circulated to the entire trawling industry. The software is compatible with the plotting system used by skippers to track their trawling activities. As such, it is possible for each skipper to quickly and easily identify the boundaries of the trawl grounds, outside of which trawling is prohibited.