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Fishing rights allocation process pushed to 2016

The process has in the past been marred by allegations of irregularities and corruption.

Summer fishing in Cape Town. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The controversial fishing rights allocation process has been pushed back until February next year.

The process has in the past been marred by allegations of irregularities and corruption.

Under former minister Tina Joemat-Patterson's watch, the department maintained it had to limit the number of permits issued, given the declining fish stocks.

Fisheries deputy Director General Siphokazi Ndudane hopes hundreds of complaints lodged by fishermen will be resolved soon.

"At the end of August, we would have dealt with all appeals. The 1,200 appellants, their responses would have been given by the end of August."

The South African Linefish Association took the department to court following the controversial allocation process in 2013.

In the meantime, fishing rights in 10 sectors have been extended until the end of February next year.