Significant progress in SA fishing industry to meet summit goals
The report demonstrates the progress that has been made by
Significant progress has been made in certain areas including a reduction in seabird bycatch in South African fisheries, the implementation of precautionary catch limits for certain bycatch species such as kingklip, the consideration of penguin feeding requirements in small pelagic fisheries management and the freezing of the trawl footprint (industry took a voluntary measure to not trawl in any new fishing grounds, and where new grounds are to be opened, an environmental impact assessment will have to be undertaken first). According to the report, while progress has been made in both
The report findings suggest that
According to the report,
It was also recommended that both countries need to pay closer attention to the interactions between fisheries and the cumulative and knock-on effects of exploiting key components of the marine environment. The changes observed in
“Implementing an EAF involves the integration of social, economic and ecological goals,” explains Dr Samantha Petersen, Manager of WWF South Africa’s Sustainable Fisheries Programme.
“This is only achievable if one set of goals does not dominate at the expense of the others. Although much work is still required to implement an EAF in this region, the benefits of successfully implementing an integrative, collaborative ecosystem management outweigh the short-term difficulties associated with such efforts. WWF remains committed to supporting the governments of
It must be acknowledged that although the Southern African region is leading in some important areas, a significant barrier to progress on some objectives is the lack of political or management will from the international community, for example the European Union, in implementing an EAF because of its short term view on fisheries management matters instead of thinking long term.” said Dr Johann Augustyn Acting Chief Director: Resource Management, Marine and Coastal Management
Although it is widely recognised that the elimination of all ecosystem impacts of fisheries is highly unlikely, signatory countries are still expected to implement processes and systems which allow for the incorporation of ecosystem impacts in the respective fisheries in their countries.