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World Fisheries Day celebrated

The small-scale fishers of Langebaan recently participated in an engagement with the Minister of Community Safety, Alan Winde, as well as the Minister of Economic Opportunities, Beverly Schäfer, to discuss the allocation of quotas and safe harbours at the Thusong Centre in Langebaan.

The event took place on Wednesday 21 November which is also World Fisheries Day and was organised in part by Saldanha Bay Municipality (SBM).

World Fisheries Day helps to promote the important role that fishing plays in communities around the world.

Fishing quotas are regulated by the government and concerns a limit on the amount of fish that fishermen and women are allowed to harvest.

According to Schäfer one in ten people in the world rely on fishing and aquaculture to support their livelihoods.

“It’s estimated that the ocean’s economy has the potential to contribute R177 billion to national GDP by 2033 and create 1 million jobs,” she explained.

She added that for the Western Cape’s small scale fishers to meaningfully participate in the economy, it is vital that they fight for the equitable and transparent allocations of fishing quotas.

“These must take into account the communities of people in our province who make their livelihood from fishing, and must be balanced against sustainability.”

Weslander also managed to sit down with MEC Winde and have a brief chat regarding his visit to Langebaan.

He said that among the reasons for his visit was to engage with the local fishers to understand their plight on World Fishers Day as well as look into issues of safety and security in the West Coast region.

“We spent a bit of time talking about the quota system and everyone is very frustrated and it’s the same message you get anywhere around our coastline,” said Winde.

He also mentioned that it’s important that the Provinces run the allocation of the quotas as well as the management of the oceans economy.

“The discussion concerned a venue for the holiday season where they (fishers) can actually trade from and there is also a big issue regarding a place to clean their fish,” explained Winde, regarding some of the other issues raised by the fishers.

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