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MSC re-assessment kicks off in Cape Town

Giuseppe Scarcella, Jim Andrews and Johanna Pierre will scrutinise every aspect of the management of the hake deep-sea trawl fishery and assess it against the MSC standard The South African hake fishery was one of the first fisheries in the world to be certified as sustainable and well-managed by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC). It […]

From chambermaid to chief engineer

Lucinda Krige, the first woman to qualify as a chief engineer in the South African fishing industry On Thursday 21 November, World Fisheries Day will be celebrated around the globe, highlighting the importance of a sector that produces around 80 million tons of food and employs at least 40 million people. Someone who has personal […]

Diversified in fishing

Twenty-five years since brothers Don and Basil Lucas started Combined Fishing Enterprises, the question of how best to utilise a small quota is as relevant today as it was then. The brothers come from a family steeped in fishing – their grandfather, father and Basil himself all found employment in the local fishing industry – […]

Investment is the key to success

With a small quota and a strong drive to participate fully in the catching, processing and sale of Cape hake, Celeste Diest has built Impala Fishing into a highly regarded trawling business. Ask Celeste Diest how she got her start in fishing and she will tell you about running errands for her father, Harry Cottle, […]

Fishing industry demonstrates strong support for world-renowned professor

Members of the local fishing industry turned out in their numbers on Wednesday evening to honour fisheries scientist Emeritus Professor Doug Butterworth who was presented with an esteemed award by the Ambassador of Japan to South Africa, Mr Norio Maruyama. Professor Butterworth, who has previously received South Africa’s highest National Order of Mapungubwe (Silver) for […]

Deep-sea trawling industry welcomes the postponement of the allocation of long-term rights

The South African Deep-Sea Trawling Industry Association (SADSTIA) has welcomed the publication of a Government Gazette which effectively suspends the Fishing Rights Allocation Process (FRAP) that would have culminated in the allocation of long-term rights across 12 commercial fisheries by December 2020. The Government Gazette was published on Friday 2 August 2019 by Barbara Creecy, […]