Minister: Fishing rights allocations handled ‘fairly & transparently’

Senzeni Zokwana says his team consulted various associations over the 2013 fishing rights allocation process.

Former NUM president, now Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Senzeni Zokwana. Picture: GCIS.

CAPE TOWN - Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Senzeni Zokwana says appeals against the 2013 fishing rights allocation process (Frap) have been handled in a 'fair and transparent manner' and within a reasonable time.

Last year, Zokwana's predecessor Tina Joemat-Pettersson announced her decision to set aside the entire process but this did not happen because only a court can legally do so.

Instead, the department opened the door for industry players to appeal the rights allocations.

Since June, appeals in seven fishing sectors have been decided.

Zokwana says his team consulted with various fishing associations.

"But at least we appreciated the fact that those ideas and views will inform as we have to improve our policies and make sure that the same scenario doesn't happen again. Because, if things are done properly there is no need to end up with the number of appeals we're sitting with."