Yesterday, the Deaprtment of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries met with the Jeffreys Bay fishing community to discuss changes in the national act that governs fishing quotas and the rights of fisherman.
Three DA Councillors, Danny Benson, Nico Botha and Brenton Williams were joined by the DA shadow minister of Fisheries, Pieter Van Dalen in a meeting were tensions were running high.
Corruption in the issuing of fishing quotas that has left the local fishermen on the outskirts was just one of the topics that concern local fishermen, who also feel that the government does not do enough to support the subsistence fishermen.
“We have been coming to these meetings for years but nothing ever changes”, said Gavin Roberts, one of the local fisherman. “We want our rights as fishermen to be protected and not be told there are laws stopping us from fishing”.
The fishermen were grateful for the support shown by the DA and we will be involved in the formation of a committee to further discuss the proposed changes to the legislation.