Media Statement: Masifundise and Coastal Links challenge DFFE statement on equitable distribution of TLF

For immediate release 14 March 2024 Yesterday, the Department of Forestry, Fisheries, and the Environment (DFFE) issued a statement to justify their decision regarding the traditional linefish total allowable effort (TAE) for the 2024/2025 fishing season. Masifundise...

Media Statement: Masifundise condemns DFFE’s Traditional Line Fish TAE Announcement as inadequate

For immediate release 6 March 2024 Masifundise Development Trust is an organization that has been involved in the small-scale fisheries (SFF) sector, working with SSF communities for over 20 years. Over the years, Masifundise has undertaken advocacy efforts and...

Jozini fishers advocate for their right to food and livelihood at DFFE roundtable

On 22 February, the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment’s (DFFE) national inland fisheries hosted a roundtable in Jozini, KwaZulu-Natal. The meeting provided a platform for inland small-scale fishers in the area to discuss issues around access to the...

Mpume small-scale fishers still await justice over a year after shooting incident

Small-scale fishers from the Dwesa-Cwebe communities in the Eastern Cape have faced ongoing violations to their right to conduct livelihood activities. Thobile Mpunzi, together with Mandilakhe Ndabeni and Vuyisani Ndlumdini are local fishers from Mpume village who...

Climate realities hits fishing communities in the Overberg region

Toward the end of January 2024, raging fires spread through areas in the Overstrand in the Western Cape. Fishing communities that have been affected by these fires include Kleinmond, Pearly Beach, Hermanus and Buffeljagsbaai. The Buffeljags fire started on 29 January...
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