Friday, April 27, 2012

Special Assignment: The Small Scale Fishing Policy

Special Assignment's analysis of the draft small scale fishing policy showed how the small scale fishing policy will result in a poverty trap for small scale fishers. Perhaps the clearest case against the policy is the co-operative pilot project in Doring Bay which has proved to be an absolute failure but DAFF and its Minister refuse to even to acknowledge the failure of their own pilot project.

One must ask why in the face of the Doring Bay failure, and the historic and documented failures of co-operatives such as SACFC (which involved Andy Johnson - a proponent of the current small-scale fishing policy) and Harbour Lights of Kalk Bay, does the fisheries department and its Minister insist on implementing a failed system? Co-operative fishing structures had even proved to be a failure under the NATs. 

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