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Fishing rights process to be audited

Of the 1,560 fishermen who applied for licenses, only 250 were awarded with one.

Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Tina Joemat-Pettersson on Sunday 23 February appointed an independent body to audit the fishing rights allocation process. Picture: Sapa.

CAPE TOWN - The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries has appointed an independent body to audit the fishing rights allocation process.

This is after 250 fishing licenses where awarded to fishermen at the beginning of the year even though more than 1,560 applied in the traditional line fishing sector.

After months of coming under attack by the fishing industry, Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson has appointed an independent body to audit the fishing rights allocation process.

She has also extended the period in which fishermen can appeal the process which saw many not receiving a fishing permit.

The minister also announced officials will be embarking on a listening campaign in the few months in an effort to hear the fishing grievances in the Western Cape.