The Acting DDG of the Fisheries Branch, Ms Siphokazi Ndudane, has extended the 2014/2015 abalone season to the end of September 2015. The decision to extend the season, which normally ends at the end of July each year, was in response to a request by two current abalone divers, Messrs Michael Wurbach and Scott Russell.
The decision to extend the abalone season was justified because of the delayed commencement of the 2014/2015 abalone season and fewer than normal fishing days during the season because of bad weather.
The extension however only applies to those abalone divers who had not harvested their own individual fishing quotas by 30 July 2015. The current abalone transport and fishing permit conditions will continue to apply.