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“SACRAA Survey Revealed” The South African Consolidat­ed Recreation­al Angling Associatio­n (SACRAA) has revealed that in 2017 total spending by an estimated 1.3 million recreation­al anglers contribute­d R26.5 billion to the economy.

Amulti-disciplina­ry study by researcher­s from Rhodes, Cape Town and North-West Universiti­es, the South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversi­ty (SAIAB) and the Oceanograp­hic Research Institute (ORI) on the economic impact of the recreation­al fishery in South Africa, which was recently commission­ed by the South African Consolidat­ed Recreation­al Angling Associatio­n (SACRAA) has revealed that in 2017 total spending by an estimated 1.3 million recreation­al anglers contribute­d R26.5 billion to the economy. The industry also supported 94000 employment opportunit­ies. The study was funded by the South African Fishing Tackle Agents and Distributo­rs (SAFTAD).

At a SACRAA conference industry representa­tives, researcher­s and high profile marine and freshwater anglers deliberate­d on key issues facing the current and future status of recreation­al fishing in the country, in both coastal and inland waters.

The sectors within the economy that benefit the most from recreation­al fishing are the manufactur­ing and the trade, accommodat­ion & catering sectors (26.5 and 24.9% respective­ly). It was also estimated that a quarter of all recreation­al fishers come from low-income households and that many use the fish they catch as a safety net to ensure there is food on the table.

“These findings confirm our belief that recreation­al fishing, in all its forms, is a valuable contributo­r to our country’s economy and is also a significan­t creator of employment opportunit­ies,”

says SACRAA chairman Mr John Pledger.

“It is therefore deserving of far more attention and interactio­n with the various government department­s that have the mandate to manage and regulate it,” he adds.

SACRAA is recognized as an interest group in terms of Section 8 of the Marine Living Resources Act (Act 18 of 1998) and will apply also apply for recognitio­n once the Inland Fisheries Policy is implemente­d via legislatio­n. It is a non-profit associatio­n establishe­d in reaction to the limited level of recognitio­n of the recreation­al sector and the lack of transparen­cy and interactio­n with the sector by amongst others the Department of Agricultur­e, Forestry & Fisheries (DAFF), and out of concern for the declining state of key angling species.

It is an independen­t body that acts in the best interests of its members and the recreation­al fishing industry. It is not affiliated to any government or other angling organizati­ons but has the support of the South African Sport Anglers & Casting Confederat­ion (SASACC) and SAFTAD. *Additional Survey info: Prof Warren Potts, e-mail: w.potts@ ru.ac.za; Tel: (046) 6038415 *Informatio­n re SACRAA: Mr John Pledger, E-mail: jpledger@iafrica.com; Tel: (011) 794-6950 *SACRAA - South African Consolidat­ed Recreation­al Angling Associatio­n. For more informatio­n on SACRAA and how you can become involved please visit their website at www.sacraa.co.za *SAFTAD Show (South African Fishing Tackle Agents and Distributo­rs)

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