Dept awaits legal advice on fishing saga

Those who were granted licenses last year can continue fishing pending a new round of allocations.

FILE: Those who were granted licenses last year can continue fishing pending a new round of allocations. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Fisheries Department says it is awaiting legal advice on how to ensure the decision to scrap the 2013 fishing rights allocation process is lawfully implemented.

Earlier this month, former minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson announced the 2013 process was flawed and should be set aside.

This means the licences for eight fishing sectors will have to be re-issued.

The department's Lionel Adendorf says they have devised a plan to re-do allocations but first officials are awaiting legal feedback.

"Once we have the answer on how to ensure that the scrapping of the 2013 fishing rights allocation process is legally above board, we will then be able to advise the new minister of agriculture and forestry."

For now, those who were granted licenses last year can continue fishing pending a new round of allocations.