MASIFUNDISE AND COASTAL LINKS WELCOMES THE NEW PROCESS OF AWARDING SMALL-SCALE FISHING RIGHTS IN THE WESTERN CAPE

On the 5 September, the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and Environment (DFFE) announced that the Western Cape High Court has reviewed and set aside the 2016-2019 process of verification of Small-scale Fishers in the Western Cape province. Now, the process to verify...

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...

Capturing the voices of women in Jozini

In July, Masifundise met with a group of women in Jozini, Kwazulu-Natal. The meeting aimed at collecting information for Masifundise’s second evidence-based research report on women in inland fishing communities. The communities surrounding the Jozini (Pongolo),...

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...