Dept meets with disgruntled fishermen

Some fishing associations are up in arms claiming their livelihoods are at risk.

Fisheries Department's Desmond Stevens meets with the SA Commercial Linefish Association on 7 January 2014. Picture: Mia Spies/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries on Tuesday moved to defuse tensions among some groups who have been denied fishing rights allocations.

Some fishing associations are up in arms claiming their livelihoods are at risk.

They want officials to look into the matter.

Authorities met with the South African Commercial Linefish Association on Tuesday.

Department spokesperson Desmond Stevens says they hope deserving applicants will be able to go to sea as soon as possible.

"Unsuccessful previous right holders will be permitted to apply for exemptions in order to fish, pending the outcome of an appeal process against the refusal to grant them rights."