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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, […]

Minister Barbara Creecy’s speech to the Fisheries Stakeholder Forum meeting, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town

Good evening. Thank you very much for coming this evening. I know that many of you have traveled from far, when you leave here you’ve got a long way to go and this meeting hasn’t been short. So thank you very much for your time, thank you for your patience, it’s not something that we […]

SADSTIA announces expanded graduate internship programme

The South African Deep-Sea Trawling Industry Association (SADSTIA) has partnered with the Transport Education and Training Authority (TETA) to expand the Association’s graduate internship programme, enabling it to provide paid, structured internships for 20 young South Africans in 2019. The first phase of the SADSTIA internship programme was initiated in April this year when eight […]

The global footprint of bottom trawling is smaller than we think

The global footprint of bottom trawling is not as large as many assume and varies dramatically by region. For example, at the extremes, just 0.4% of the seabed off Southern Chile is trawled, compared to 80% of the Adriatic Sea off the coast of Italy. On South Africa’s west coast, between 12 and 14% of […]