Small-scale fisher movements prepare for COFI 2022

The Committee on Fisheries (COFI) will be hosting its 35th session this year from 5 to 9 September in Rome, Italy. This is the first in-person event since the COVID-19 pandemic began in 2020. The COFI process is a subsidiary body of the Food and Agriculture...

Small-scale fishers strengthen their activism against oil and gas mining

On 5-7 July Masifundise, Green Connection, Legal Resource Centre, One Ocean Hub as well as various coastal small-scale fishing communities attended an oil and gas workshop hosted by the Coastal Justice Network in Port Alfred. The workshop examined the growth of...

WTO negotiations of fishery subsidies threaten the sustainability of SSF

On June 17, 2022, the World Trade Organization (WTO) finalized the agreement on the widely debated negotiations aimed at limiting fisheries subsidies that contribute and create a conducive environment to overfishing. The agreement aimed to protect overfished stocks by...

Hondeklipbaai fishers engage public consultations for exploration drilling in Northern Cape

On 6 June, small-scale fishers and community members from Hondeklipbaai attended an Environmental Impact Management Services (EIMS) stakeholder engagement, together with Masifundise. The engagement aimed to update communities on the proposed oil and gas exploration...

Luckhoff fishers explore alternative livelihoods

The Vanderkloof dam has been overflowing due to excessive rainfall in the region since the beginning of April 2022. As a result, inland fishers have had to forgo their primary livelihood activities in order to secure an income. April and June are the peak fishing...

Wild coast communities await ruling for Shell case

On 30 May, small-scale fishing communities and environmental activists returned to the High Court in Gqeberha to hear the arguments for the case against Shell to stop seismic blasting on the Wild Coast. This comes after an interdict was granted last year preventing...