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Fishing Rights Allocation Process in Full Steam

22 July 2013

SOUTH AFRICA - Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson of the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries has published the 2013 General Policy on the Allocation and Management of Fishing Rights and the 2013 Fishery Specific Policies for Demersal Shark, Hake Handline, Kwazulu-Natal Prawn Trawl, Oyster, Squid, Traditional Linefish, Tuna Pole-Line and White Mussel for general information.

The General and Fishery specific policies are informed by government's key policies, namely the National Development Plan, the Integrated Growth and Development Plan (IGDP) for agriculture, forestry and fisheries, the New Growth Path (NGP), the Industrial Policy Action Plan (IPAP) and the Comprehensive Rural Development Programme (CRDP).

She also invited interested persons to apply for rights to undertake commercial fishing in terms ofthe Marine Living Resource Act, 1998 (Act No. 18 of 1998) in the above-mentioned eight sectors.

The General and Fishery specific policies, application forms as well as explanatory notes have been published in the Government Gazette Number 36675 dated 17 July 2013 (General Notices No. 750 and No. 751).

The distribution process is scheduled to commence on Monday, 22 July 2013 at 08h00 and will close on Monday, 16 August 2013 at 16h00. See list of the various FRAP distribution centres.

Applicants must have their identity document and a copy of the first page of their identity document when collecting an application form. If the application form is collected by someone else on behalf of an applicant, the collector must present a signed authorization letter and a copy of the collectors’ and applicant’s identity or registration documents. Applicants will be required to provide their full contact details.

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