South Africa

UK, SAMSA partner to fight deaths of fishermen

The reduction and prevention of deaths of fishermen along South Africa’s coastal area is among key priorities of the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA). Now, efforts towards this goal are beginning to pay off, due to strategic partnerships domestically and abroad.

South Africa: Warnings over illegal fishing

While South African authorities used ‘to turn a blind eye to fishing’, the Department of Fisheries and Forestry has now appointed inspectors who attend on vessels to check whether there is any illegal fish onboard, the West Club informed citing information by the South Africa P&I Associates (Pty) Ltd.

Poachers put South African Abalone in danger

TRAFFIC, the international wildlife trade monitoring network, released the report ‘Empty Shells: An assessment of abalone poaching and trade from southern Africa’. In this report, TRAFFIC says that over the past 18 years, poachers have stripped South African coastal waters of at least 96 million abalone.

African partners meet to boost fight against illegal fishing

Members of the FISH-i Africa Task Force, comprising eight Southeast African coastal states, met in Mozambique on 26-28 June 2018, to discuss ongoing investigations and to develop plans to strengthen this regional cooperation against illegal fishing in the Western Indian Ocean Region.

South Africa signs up to IMO treaty on fishing vessel personnel

South Africa has become the 25th State to sign up to the IMO treaty on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Fishing Vessel Personnel (STCW-F). The Convention sets the certification and minimum training requirements for crews of seagoing fishing vessels of 24 metres in length and above.

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