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