Dept. pleased with fishing industry progress

The Department of Agriculture said more can be done to improving depleting stocks in the fishing industry. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Department Of Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing on Friday said it was happy with progress in the fishing industry despite a recent drop in the country's wild fish stock.

The department released its annual report on the status of South Africa’s fishing industry on Friday.

The report showed, amongst others, that anchovy stocks were at its lowest levels in 15 years, but sardine and round herring stocks continued to increase.

Department spokesperson Lionel Adendorf said the decrease in wild fish stock was a global trend. 

He said they will do their best to prevent further stock depletion. 

“At this point, the report clearly states that we are on the right path and [it shows] where we have problematic areas so we can up our game.” 

The fishing industry generates about R6 billion a year and directly employs roughly 27,000 people in the commercial sector.