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Fisheries Dept sets record straight on West Coast fishing quotas amid protests

This week, Hangberg residents clashed with police over possible fishing quota cuts.

Police nyalas are driving into the Hangberg community in Hout Bay as protesters continue to throw rocks and stones at authorities. Picture: Shamiela Fisher/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Amid violent protests in Hout Bay over fishing quotas, the Fisheries Department has reiterated the total allowable catch of West Coast rock lobster has yet to be finalised.

This week, Hangberg residents clashed with police.

They are angry over possible fishing quota cuts.

The department says this is merely a proposal.

Siphokazi Ndudane, the deputy director general for fisheries management, says claims of a definite cut in the total allowable catch of West Coast rock lobster is false, adding it's only a recommendation that has been communicated to the fishing community.

“The issue of the cut, which has been perpetuated by people with other motives, is false. It is not true at all.”

Ndudane also denies there's been a breakdown in communication.

“There has been no miscommunication on this case, even when there are cuts on the total allowable catch.”

She adds there is a possibility that there won't be any cuts on the lobster quota.

WATCH: Hangberg residents clash with police

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)

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