The management, independent verification and allocation of fishing rights has fundamentally transformed the industry. The adoption by Cabinet in 2005 of a General Policy, and sector specific policies for the allocation and management of fishing rights served as a guide for the LTRAMP and set out the Departments specific objectives with regard to each fishery.
Furthermore, Cabinet introduced the idea of reviews in the sector policies in order to ensure that right holders perform satisfactorily throughout the duration of the rights, some as long as 15 years.
The sector policies provide for periodic performance measuring exercises. The Department is now ready to take the next major step in pursuit of effective, equitable and sustainable fisheries management. We are ready to implement an industry-wide Performance Review.
Brochure: PERFORMANCE REVIEWS Commercial Fishing Rights 2009/10
The Department is now ready to take the next major step in pursuit of effective, equitable and sustainable fisheries management. We are ready to implement an industry-wide Performance Review.
Department of Environmental Affairs
THURSDAY, 12 NOVEMBER 2009:The Department of Environmental Affairs’ Marine and Coastal Management branch is embarking on a four-week long road-show for the cluster D and C fisheries sectors along the South African coastline from Monday the 16th November 2009 until Friday the 11th December 2009 in an attempt to ensure the participation of every long-term fishing rights holder. The cluster C and D sectors include West Coast Rock Lobster (Nearshore); Hake Handline; Traditional Linefish and Netfish.
The road-show forms part of the performance reviews of long-term Right Holders in seventeen fishing sectors in South Africa. Participation of all right holders is compulsory. The performance reviews are aimed to ensure that the objectives of the fisheries are being met in terms of maintaining or improving transformation; the creation of an environment for investment and job creation; and supporting the economic viability and environmental sustainability of the fisheries.
All Right Holders in the affected sectors are expected to attend an interview where Departmental officials will gather information in respect of the criteria upon which Right Holders’ performance will be assessed. Provision is made for Right Holders to engage in the language of their choice. All Right Holders have been informed of this initiative through a variety of media.
A Rights Verification Unit (RVU) has been established for the purpose of investigating irregularities which were reported to an anonymous tip-off line opened by the Department earlier in the year. It is hoped that this initiative will contribute towards eradicating a range of allegations.
For more information, contact the Department at 021 402-3491/3422/3399/3614/3263. To report irregularities that the RVU should investigate, call 0800 213 135.
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LETTER FROM Dawson Edwards & Associates AND THE RESPONSE OF THE DEPARTMENT
NOTICE:Right Holders in the 13 Cluster A & B fishing sectors have received notification that Requests for Information (RFIs) are now ready for download and completion. These notifications were sent via email to their specified email address with a link that will route them to an internet domain where they will find their personalised RFIs.
If Right Holders did not receive an email link for their RFIs, they must please notify the Department at email@example.com and we will assist them accordingly