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DAFF FISHERIES GIVES UPDATE ON FISHING RIGHTS ALLOCATION PROCESS

by DAFF in 2016

The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (the Department), wishes to inform the public about the status of the fishing rights allocation process (FRAP 2015/16). In terms of the FRAP 2015/2016 process, the Department distributed 16 744 application forms for 10 fishing sectors where rights expired at various times during the course of 2015. These application forms were distributed between 23 November and 11 December 2015 in all 9 provinces. By the 26 February 2016, the last day for the submission of completed application forms, the Department received a total of 5597 application forms. These application forms are in the process of being captured and verified by dedicated Departmental officials, while validation of the captured information will be conducted by Business Innovation Group.

PriceWaterhouseCoopers audited the receipting and application process and will observe the allocation process as well 5 597 applications have been captured as part of the verification process. These application forms are in the netfish and west coast rock lobster fisheries. Assessment teams anticipate that preliminary lists will be made public in June or July 2016, after which the Minister will make a formal announcement on successful applicants. The fisheries branch was allocating fishing rights to the following 10 sectors: abalone, hake inshore trawl, horse mackerel, KwaZulu-Natal beach seine, large pelagic, net fish, Patagonian toothfish, seaweed, West Coast Rock Lobster (nearshore), West Coast Rock Lobster (offshore and fish processing establishments (“FPET”).

For more information please contact Palesa Mokomele, Director: Communication Services
(Fisheries) at PalesaM@daff.gov.za or call on 0829041908.