DEEP SEA TRAWL COURT CASE POSTPONED
South Africa - The South African Deep Sea Trawling Industry Association has announced that by agreement of both parties - Viking Inshore Fishing and the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries - the review of the allocation of rights to the inshore trawl fishery for hake and sole that was set to begin in the Cape High Court on 6 February 2017, has been postponed to late April 2017.
“It was decided at court that because of its importance and effect on the entire fishing industry that the matter should stand over to be heard by a full bench of the High Court. This will take place at the earliest acceptable date, towards the end of April,” said Johann Augustyn, secretary of the South African Deep-Sea Trawling Industry Association.
The interdict that was granted by the High Court on 3 January, and which has effectively suspended fishing in the R700 million-per-year inshore trawl fishery, will remain in place until then.