SA is losing its grip on the slippery state of fisheries

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SA is losing its grip on the slippery state of fisheries

The management of SA’s marine fisheries as a whole can be likened to a weary climber clinging to a cliff

Kevern Cochrane

SA’s marine fisheries are an important part of the national economy, providing jobs for about 27,000 people with another 100,000 who are indirectly employed in different ways.

Many of these people have worked in the industry all their lives and have no alternatives if the fisheries fail. Careful and effective management of all aspects of our fisheries is therefore required to ensure they don’t fail.

In a recent study Jessica Eggers, Warwick Sauer and I, all from Rhodes University, investigated how well the fisheries management branch of the department of environment, forestry and fisheries is fulfilling this responsibility...

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