Fishermen to protest in Paternoster

This protest follows a chaotic protest against fishing rights allocations at the Hout Bay Harbour.

Fishermen protest outside the entrance to the Hout Bay Harbour. Picture: Siyabonga Sesant/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Disgruntled fishermen are planning to protest in Paternoster on the West Coast today.

This follows a protest by fishermen at the Hout Bay Harbour yesterday.

Aound 100 protesters blocked off the harbour and demonstrated against fishing rights allocations and a lack of transformation in the fishing sector.

The disgruntled Hout Bay fishermen are some of the many who did not get fishing rights earlier this year.

Out of 1,500 applicants, only 250 obtained rights in the traditional line fishing sector.

The Fishermen Support Group's Emmanuel Arendse says they will do what it takes to ensure Fisheries Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson listens to their grievances.

"We're looking for information and we closed the harbour to attract their attention."

The protesters say they are tired of empty promises from the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries and have also threatened to withhold their votes in the upcoming elections.