Minister promises changes in fishing

Tina Joemat-Pettersson says radical transformation awaits the fishing industry over the next few years.

Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson says radical transformation awaits the fishing industry over the next few years. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson says radical transformation awaits the fishing industry over the next few years.

She says her mission is to, over the next eight years, make sure all fishing quotas are in the hands of previously disadvantaged people.

Joemat-Pettersson was speaking at an event in Mitchell's Plain in Cape Town held in honour of the late Johnny Issel, who fought for transformation in the fishing industry.

Hundreds of people bused in from various fishing communities in the Western Cape arrived for the event dedicated to the late Johnny Issel, a fisherman who fought for transformation in the industry.

Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson says the fishing industry has come a long way in terms of transformation, adding that come 2022 fishing quotas will not be in the hands of the previously advantaged.

She has also stressed that fishing is not only a Western Cape resource, so it's not a given that everyone who applies for rights in the province will be successful.

The death of two Hout Bay fishermen sparked protests this week with fellow fishermen saying they are forced to fish at night as they've been denied rights.