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Worldwide, groundfish stocks like hake are on the up

Thirty years after the widely publicised decline and commercial extinction of northern cod off the northeast coast of Canada, the average abundance of groundfish stocks, including the Cape hakes, is increasing and may result in increased harvests in the future. The paper Global status of groundfish stocks which was published in the journal Fish and […]

#DiepRespek shines a fresh light on vulnerable marine ecosystems

A rap video about vulnerable marine ecosystems is spreading quickly among fishing crews working in South Africa’s trawl fishery for hake. Created by ecologist and filmmaker, Otto Whitehead, musician Walz and local lyricist KRO-BARZ, #DiepRespek, shines a fresh new light on the deep-sea environment and the need to protect seabed organisms from harm. It is […]

Socio-economic study is updated and expanded

The economic impact of the hake deep-sea trawl fishery, its transformation since the early 1990s, and the role of small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs) in the success of the fishery, are three of the subjects that are analysed in the report “Economic study of the hake deep-sea trawl fishery and the implications for future […]

Status of the stocks report

The Department of Environment, Forestry & Fisheries has released its 2020 Status of the South African Marine Fishery Resources report. The report presents the most up-to-date information and analyses of the status of marine fishery resources in South Africa today. The number of fish stocks covered by the bi-annual report has increased from 43 in […]

SMME focus

Changing lives on the west coast Ten years after establishing an engineering company specialised in ship repair, Mornay Kurtz was faced with a perennial problem: how to find skilled artisans capable of delivering the quality workmanship his clients expected. Mornay’s solution was to start a training and skills development academy. In 2006, former school teacher, […]

SMME focus

Human resources, with heart Legacy iLifa assisted Nalitha Fishing to institute an internship programme. The six young South Africans who benefited from the programme in its first year are (left to right): Antonio Arendse, Lwando Sontshalaba, Chanté Benson, Mzukisi Nogwaxa, Andisiwe Mangweni and Johane Mabuza.  Human resources, with heart Newly established Human Resources (HR) consultancy, […]