WWF: SA fish stocks recovering
South Africa's line fishery sector was declared to be in a state of emergency in 2000.
CAPE TOWN - World Wildlife Fund (WWF) South Africa on Tuesday said the state of the country's fisheries is improving.
South Africa's line fishery sector was declared to be in a state of emergency in 2000 due to the collapse of many key line fish stocks, including yellowtail and silver kob.
The group says over the past decade, a number of recovery plans, including the 2003 beach-driving ban, may have helped with the recovery.
WWF's Biodiversity Manager Deon Nel says it shows that with hard decisions and effective management, fish stocks can be recovered.
"We're seeing some populations starting to recover, which ultimately means stronger resources for dependent communities and the country's economy."
Nel says it is crucial to stick to recovery measures currently in place to help recover more species.
"We need to be strong and stick to those recovery plans. We are just starting to turn the corner now so we are starting to see the benefits. It would be very disappointing if we lose our resolve now."