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...

Vanderkloof fishers take Experimental Fisheries project forward

On 27th June, the Vanderkloof inland fishers and Masifundise met with the Northern Cape Department of Agriculture, Environmental affairs, Rural Development and Land Reform (DAEARDLR) to discuss the way forward for the Experimental Fisheries Project in Vanderkloof. The...

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...

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...