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...

Langebaan small-scale fishers’ continuous fight for recognition of net fish rights

On 18 May, the Langebaan small-scale fishers wrote a letter to the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (DFFE) regarding the number of boats registered on their permit. They were assisted by the Legal Resources Centre and supported by Masifundise. The...

Fishing Community Profile: Jozini

Jozini is a small inland fishing community located in the Umkhanyakude District Municipality in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. The Jozini dam is situated in the community on the Pongola river. The dam is a source of livelihood for inland small-scale fishers in Jozini...

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...

Inland fishers push to resume livelihood activities

In the month of April and May, the inland fishers from the communities of Gariep, Norvalspont, Venterstad and Oviston, have been in ongoing engagements with the Eastern Cape Parks and Tourism Agency (ECPTA) around the lack of access and the exorbitant daily access fee...