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Co-management Guide for Small-scale Fishers in South Africa

Co-management is central to South Africa’s SSF Policy, which was the result of years of struggle, advocacy and engagement with government by small-scale fishers. The task now is to support a kind of co-management that reflects the values and principles of South African SSF movement. This is the task set for the Co-Management Guide for […]

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Ground-breaking report on Inland Fisheries published by WFFP

Until recently, the voices of millions of inland small-scale fishers, the primary users of freshwater resources and inland streams have been unheard. With the efforts of the WFFP working group on Inland Fishing and their first ever report on this neglected topic, time has come for a change. In most countries around the world, almost […]

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Langebaan permit conditions undermines Court ruling…

A hard-fought struggle to have rights and traditional way of life restored for Langebaan fishers was pulled away from under fishers’ noses when the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) issued fishing permits with conditions for the 2017/2018 fishing season. The conditions on the fishing permits goes completely against the ruling of the Western […]

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Seals wait for fishers to catch then take their cut…

Fishers in Langebaan are starting to feel like they are employed by the seals for free, with no salary and on top of it, they have to pay their own costs to get to work, according to Norton Dowries, vice chairperson of Coastal Links SA Langebaan Branch. Dowries said that the seals have started to […]

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Human Rights Day, let the children know Dwesa Cwebe…

Human Rights Day, let the children know Dwesa Cwebe…

“Let the children learn”, is what Christina Kopano, a CLSA leader from Mendwane will be embracing on Human Rights Day, March 21, 2017 when she takes children from Mendwane into the Dwesa Cwebe Marine Protected Area (MPA), in the Eastern Cape. Kopano has dedicated herself to exposing the children from her area to experience the […]

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Turning the tide, fishers look at ways cooperatives can work for their communities…

When the small-scale fisheries policy (SSFP) comes into operation, fishers will be expected to manage their activities in business entities, as the policy will require fishers to form co-operatives. The creation of fishing cooperatives through which the SSFP will be implemented requires those involved in the fishing co-operatives to be able to manage their entities. […]

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World Women’s Day, we await Chandrika Sharma.

World Women’s Day, we await Chandrika Sharma.

Today, the world celebrates International Women’s Day to honour women and the numerous roles they play in our daily lives. As small-scale fishers we also take a special moment to remember  Chandrika Sharma, an international Small-Scale Fishers (SSF) rights’ activist who was on the Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 that went missing on March 8, 2014 […]

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Fishers exchange visit focuses on cooperatives…

Fishers exchange visit focuses on cooperatives…

The positive impact of fishing co-operatives to the livelihoods of fishers in Doring Bay and Lamberts Bay were shared between fishers from the Eastern Cape and Western Cape, who met in Lamberts Bay in an Exchange Programme this week. The exchange visit saw 14 Coastal Links South Africa (CLSA) members from the Western and Eastern […]

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Small-Scale Fisheries sector neglected…

Small-Scale Fisheries sector neglected…

Masifundise is seriously concerned about the state of the Small-Scale Fisheries (SSF) sector and the Department of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF). Masifundise is saying that when the policy is eventually implemented, the resources to stock the baskets for the fishing communities under the policy will almost be depleted. A major concern for the organisation […]

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Unwavering commitment by fishers, permits expected…

Unwavering commitment by fishers, permits expected…

The Fishers of Vanderkloof, in the Northern Cape have shown an unwavering commitment to their kraal fishery, now it is time for the advisory committee to play their part and issue fishing permits, this was a sentiment by Vanderkloof fishers when they resolved all issues that has undermined the existence of the kraal fishery in […]

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