Minister's decision frustrates fisherman

The minister’s decision to scrap the fishing rights allocation process has angered Hout Bay fishermen.

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

CAPE TOWN - Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Tina-Joemat Peterson's decision to scrap a controversial 2013 fishing rights allocation process doesn't appear to sit well with many Hout Bay fishermen.

Last week, the minister announced the process will be set aside, after it was found to be flawed.

The licences for eight fishing sectors will now have to be reissued.

A 63-year-old man, who has been a fisherman for four decades, says Hout Bay fishermen are worried about whether they'll have permits ahead of the fishing season in November.

He says most of them have been without work since the beginning of the process last year, and are struggling to make ends meet.

He adds if he goes through another season without a permit, he will spend a second Christmas without food on his family's table.

"It's going to be a black Christmas; nothing for the children and nothing to eat."

He says the community is prepared to take to the streets if this process is not resolved soon.