Fish­ing quota hand-to-mouth

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - METRO - WEEK­END ARGUS RE­PORTER

SMALL- scale fish­ing com­mu­ni­ties marched to the De­part­ment of Agri­cul­ture, Forestry and Fish­eries yes­ter­day protest­ing about a re­duc­tion in to­tal al­lowance catch quo­tas to what they call hand-to-mouth pro­por­tions.

The pro­test­ers said they were al­lowed to fish 62kg of cray­fish this sea­son, a sig­nif­i­cant re­duc­tion from 120kg last year.

Ju­naid Wil­liams who has been in fish­ing for more than 30 years was one of the pro­test­ers who came out to voice their dis­sat­is­fac­tion.

Wil­liams is a fa­ther of two chil­dren aged five and nine.

He said the new quota meant he wouldn’t af­ford his chil­dren’s school fees.

“I grew up on fish­ing and I sup­port my fam­ily on fish­ing but now, the new quota means we have to live hand-to­mouth,” he said.

He said the re­duc­tion did not take into con­sid­er­a­tion the de­pen­dence on sea re­sources, fish­ing com­mu­ni­ties had.

“It is as if the gov­ern­ment does not see us. They do not recog­nise that this is our liveli­hood.

“We earn too lit­tle to pay tax, that is why they do not see us,” Wil­liams said.

At­tempts to get com­ment from the De­part­ment of Agri­cul­ture, Forestry and Fish­eries were not suc­cess­ful at the time of go­ing to print.

NDAMANE African news agency (ANA) AYANDA

SMALL-SCALE fish­ing com­mu­ni­ties marched to the De­part­ment of Fish­eries over re­duced fish­ing quo­tas in Cape Town yes­ter­day.|

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