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South Africa – The long-awaited and overdue provisional Western Cape Registration and Verification Results’ list was released in Friday, 21 October, and immediately raised the ire of small scale fishers in coastal communities who are horrified that so many people have been excluded from the list.


According to an article published by Masifundise, in some communities more than two thirds of the fishers who registered were not recognised by the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries and don’t appear on the list.

The unsuccessful fishers have a chance to appeal the results and once the appeals have been assessed a final list will be announced in communities. The next step will be to form a (single) co-operative in each community which will be formally registered and only then will they (the co-op) be able to apply for small scale fishing rights.

Kenneth George, the fisher from Red Hill in Simonstown, who lodged the case against the government in the Equality Court in 2005, which gave rise to the introduction of the SSFP for small-scale fishers, was also excluded from the list.

The department records that a total of 23000 people in 316 communities in four coastal provinces registered.


Small scale fishing rights will be allocated from March 2017.