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INTERIM INTERDICT TO PREVENT INSHORE HAKE FISHING

The Department of Agriculture, Forestry & Fisheries is most likely to oppose the successful court application of Viking Inshore Fishing to suspend inshore hake trawling.

This follows the granting of a temporary interdict by Judge Lee Bozalek in the Cape High Court yesterday. Viking is unhappy about new quotas which came into effect at the beginning of this year. The company's quota had been cut by 60% and it said the Department's plan to force transformation of the industry had impacted negatively on its business and that the formula used was 'irrational, unfair and illegal'

The final ruling will be delivered on 6 February. Viking Inshore Fishing wants total suspension of hake fishing rights until an internal appeals process has been concluded and the Fisheries Minister has taken a final decision on fishing quota.