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Road map towards ending harmful fishing subsidies…

Road map towards ending harmful fishing subsidies…

Countries providing fishing subsidies to their commercial fishing companies could soon be ...
New CLSA Chair aims to strengthen communities….

New CLSA Chair aims to strengthen communities….

The Hook spoke to the new National Chairperson of Coastal Links South ...
Looking ahead, options for fisherfolk

Looking ahead, options for fisherfolk

Looking ahead, options for fisherfolk   The Small-Scale Fisheries Policy is currently ...
Obstacles cleared, so fisher registration and verification progresses in KZN

Obstacles cleared, so fisher registration and verification progresses in KZN

The small-scale fisheries policy registration and verification process in KwaZulu/Natal (KZN), the ...
Van der Kloof fishers to get key to the dam

Van der Kloof fishers to get key to the dam

Small-scale fishers at the Van der Kloof Dam will soon receive the ...
Phase One of small-scale fisheries plan well under way

Phase One of small-scale fisheries plan well under way

The implementation of the Small Scale Fisheries Policy (SSFP) is still in ...

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The importance of fish to man: not just a food source

Fish are very important to man economically. They are important 1. As food, 2. they give by-product 3. They can control diseases, and 4. are a source of income and employment to many developing regions and in low-income food-deficit countries (LIFDCs). Fish are aquatic, cold blooded and craniate vertebrates belonging to the super class Pisces […]

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Profile on iSimangaliso Wetlands Park

There are currently 1,031 World Heritage–listed sites. Recognised by the World Heritage Committee as having outstanding universal value, they include 802 cultural, 197 natural and 32 mixed properties in 163 State Parties. Eight of these World Heritage-listed sites are located in South Africa, one of which is the iSimangaliso Wetland Park. iSimangaliso Wetland Park (previously […]

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Protect the environment and communities, KZN fishers tell iSimangaliso

CLSA responds to Draft Integrated Management Plan Kwazulu Natal communities say that they have a constitutional right to be part of any processes that will directly affect their lives. These were the sentiments of seven communities who will be affected by the iSimangaliso Draft Integrated Management Plan (IMP). Community groups from Mvutshane, Mahlungulu, Hlomula and […]

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East Coast Fishers quiz Minister

Fishers from Struisbaai, Hawston and Arniston got a chance to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Senzeni Zokwana a wide range of questions concerning their own livelihoods, and in no way held back, according to Rowina Marthinus, Coastal Links South Africa (CLSA) member from Arniston. Marthinus and a large group of fishers made […]

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COFI gathering under way in Italy

On July 9, representatives of the Fishing and Aquaculture Department of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) held a meeting with representatives of Civil Society Organisations (CSO). FAO plans to introduce a proposal for a rights based approach for captured fisheries. The purpose of the meeting was to get the view of CSOs on the […]

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Getting to know Snoek…

In South Africa, Snoek is caught by fishermen along the Western and Northern Cape coastline, it is a delicacy and a source of protein for many South African families, particularly the poor living next to these coastlines. It is also a source of livelihoods for fishermen and their families. You will find the species sold […]

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Progress in Northern Cape with fisheries policy implementation

Members of Coastal Links SA (CLSA) in Port Nolloth await the outcomes of the completed verification and registration processes and with fishers from Hondeklip Bay and Kommagas, look forward to progressing to the next stage of the small-scale fisheries policy’s implementation. Small-scale fishers have to be registered and verified in order to be part of […]

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WFFP delegation gears up for COFI conference

A delegation from The World Forum of Fisher Peoples (WFFP) is gearing up to attend the 32nd session of the Food and Agriculture Organisations of the United Nations (FAOUN) Committee on Fisheries (COFI) conference. The 32nd session of COFI will take place from July 11 to 15 in Rome, Italy. Attending the conference will be […]

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Mangroves, Waterways, coastal Forests under threat in India and Kenya

In this edition we place an appeal from 350.org, (a global movement that campaigns against climate change), for people all over the world to sign the petition to save the mangrove forests of the Sundarbans that runs through India and Bangladesh, and the Unesco World Heritage Site in Lamu Region in Kenya. Both are under […]

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Mara’s mother taught her the “tricks of fishing”

Mara’s mother taught her the “tricks of fishing”

Petronella ‘Mara’ Bezuidenhout from Petrusville says that she has been catching fish at the Van der Kloof Dam, since she was a small girl in Standard 2 (Grade 4). Her greatest influence in fishing has been her mother, who was a keen fisher and taught her all the tricks of fishing. Mara was born in […]

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Media Articles


Masifundise is building an extensive communication platform that includes, print, electronic and social media. With every issue concerning and affecting small scale fisher's, Masifundise endeavours to be heard.


By having regular articles in the press- we aim to bring information and awareness not only to small scale fishers but to the public at large.




These are our articles published in different print media.


Cape Times Article on Small Scale Fishing by CLSA
Son - Article 20 October 2013
Weekend Argus - 09 June 2013
Muslim Views Article - April 2013
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