SADSTIA website goes live

SADSTIA is proud to launch a new website that effectively communicates the vitally important role the deep-sea trawling industry plays in the economy of the Western Cape and, indeed, South Africa.
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Finweek article neatly captures the fragmentation debate

“Fragmentation means allowing new entrants into the fishery… thereby reducing the tonnages of current rights holders. This does not create jobs and creates paper permit holders who are forced by the marginal tonnages received to enter into joint ventures with established companies to catch, process and market their quota…”
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Court sets aside experimental fishing permit for horse mackerel

Fishing industry associations and companies active in South Africa’s deep-sea and midwater trawl fisheries were successful in their challenge of an experimental fishing permit for horse mackerel granted by the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) under controversial circumstances.
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International panel deliberates the benefits of fisheries certification

A panel discussion held during the annual International Stock Assessment Workshop at the University of Cape Town in late November, interrogated the issue of ecolabelling, questioning whether it is the most successful initiative to improve fisheries’ sustainability over the last decade, or an intervention that restricts developing countries from market access.

A film recording of the discussion is available here.

Read an interesting Financial Times article on eco-labelling and its effect on global seafood sustainability.
Experts in the field of fisheries certification are pictured with members of the international stock assessment review panel. They are: Michael Marriott of the Marine Stewardship Council’s Southern Africa office; Phillipe Lallemand of fisheries consultants OLRAC SPS, John Duncan of WWF, George Branch of UCT, Ana Parma of Argentina, Johann Augustyn of SADSTIA, Doug Butterworth of UCT, André Punt of the USA and Helena Geremont, independent stock assessment scientist.

Fishing companies at the top of "most empowered companies" list

Companies with interests in fishing were at the top of the Most Empowered Companies list, announced at an event in Johannesburg and published in Business Report on October 7.

African Equity Empowerment Investments, which topped the list of Most Empowered Companies, is parent company to Premier Fishing, which holds rights in the rock lobster fishery, the small pelagic fishery for sardine and anchovy, the squid fishery and the deep sea trawl and longline fisheries. In second place was South Africa’s biggest fishing company, the Oceana Group.
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Season's greetings

The Executive Committee of SADSTIA wishes SADSTIA members, associates and friends all around the world a peaceful and happy holiday season!
SADSTIA is an association of South African trawler owners and operators.
SADSTIA’s members participate in a sustainable and well-managed, MSC-certified fishery; produce food, sustain 7050 good jobs — with regular wages and employee benefits; and generate valuable export earnings for South Africa.
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