Welcome to the dedicated Small-Scale Fisheries page. Here we hope to keep you informed with information relevant to the sector and to provide you, the small-scale fisher, with downloadable resources to improve your fisher experience.
You are a small-scale fisher if you are a member of a small-scale fishing community engaged in fishing to meet food and basic livelihood needs or if you are directly involved in the processing or barter and sale of fish. Our fishers have a shared identity and common experiences from South Africa’s vast coastline which stretches across the four coastal provinces from KwaZulu Natal in the East, to the Northern Cape shores in the West.
A tradition of thousands of years is alive and well and we welcome you once again.
Fisheries Management History
Previous fishery management practices have unintentionally marginalized traditional fishers in fishing communities in all four coastal provinces. As a result many fishers were not successful in obtaining fishing rights to access marine resources, which they have traditionally been dependent on for their livelihoods. Small-Scale Fisheries Management is about changing that and creating a positive story.
We have engaged in lengthy consultation processes with communities and stakeholders in order to make a tradition of thousands of years a reality once more.
The Small-Scale Fishing Policy (SSFP) was also tabled at NEDLAC before it was adopted in 2012. The SSFP is regarded by FAO as the most progressive policy on small-scale fisheries in the world and are eagerly awaiting the implementation thereof. The Small-Scale Fishing Implementation Plan (SSFIP) was drafted to provide a high-level overview of the implementation process and sought to implement the new sector within 5 years taking into account the complexity of the policy, and limited government capacity and funding.