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  • Briefing to the Portfolio Committee on Agriculture, Forestry & FisheriesActing Deputy Director-General: FisheriesBranch: Fisheries

  • Outline of the Presentation Introduction Background Mandate Functional analysis Current functional arrangements Management of Transition


  • IntroductionSince announcement of new Departments, processes were put in place to reorganize government Department through National Macro Organization of the State (NMOS)Discussions between former DAFF & DEA continued since May 2009First agreement was on transfer of Marine Aquaculture functions, which led to 1st Proclamation (1st July 2009)This was deemed not adequate of fisheries function by majority of stakeholders & DAFF staffThis was also informed by concerns raised by fishing communities during several Presidential visits to those communities (Overberg, Western Cape)Further deliberations between DAFF & DEA continued but deadlocked regarding which functions mandated by all pieces of legislation managed by Marine & Coastal Management branch of DEAT should be transferredThis led to Presidency intervening & 2nd Proclamation (10 February 2010) developedTwo Proclamations implemented on 1st April 2010*

  • Background Proclamations of 1 July 2009 & 10 February 2010 by PresidentFisheries functions as determined by respective schedules of two proclamations transferred administration & powers & functions entrusted by Sea Fisheries Act, 1988 (Act No. 12 of 1988) & Marine Living Resources Act, 1998 (Act No. 18 of 1998)

    Other work of former Marine & Coastal Management (MCM) Branch Sea-Shore Act, 1935 (Act No. 21 of 1935)Dumping at Sea Control Act, 1980 (Act No. 73 of 1980)Prince Edward Islands Act, 1948 (Act No. 43 of 1948); Sea Birds and Seals Protection Act, 1973 (Act No. 46 of 1973)Antarctic Treaties Act, 1996 (Act No. 60 of 1996)Integrated Coastal Management Act, 2008 (Act No. 24 of 2008)*

  • MandateMarine Living Resources Act, 1998 (Act No. 18 of 1998) as amended (MLRA)Aim: To provide for the conservation of the marine ecosystem, the long-term sustainable utilisation of marine living resources & the orderly access to exploitation, utilisation & protection of certain marine living resources; & for these purposes to provide for the exercise of control over marine living resources in a fair & equitable manner to the benefit of all the citizens of South Africa; & to provide for matters connected therewith

    Section of Act not with DAFF: section 43 (Marine Protected Areas)

    Relevance in new dispensation: Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries (EAF), provide tools for addressing government priorities


  • Mandate (contd)Sea Fisheries Act, 1988 (Act No. 12 of 1988) Aim: To provide for the conservation of the marine ecosystem and the orderly exploitation, utilization and protection of certain marine resources; for that purpose to provide for the exercise of control over sea fishery; and to provide for matters connected therewith

    Status: Repealed by section 84 (1) of MLRA), except certain sections (1, 29, 38, 47 & 50)

    Section of Act not with DAFF: section 38 (control over collection of sea shells)

    Relevance in new dispensation: Revue collection and management


  • Transfer and Integration into DAFFTotal MCM Establishment = 890

    737 Posts transferred to DAFF and 152 Posts transferred to DEA

    Of the 737 Posts Transferred to DAFF:620 filled117 vacant

    To ensure functionality, Fisheries using HR, financial and legislative delegations that applied in DEA pending longer-term review & alignment of legislation.*

  • Functional analysis Previously: Marine & Coastal Management (MCM) Branch of DEAT

    Institutional arrangements (decentralized): Strategic Support Management (SSM)- Human Resources Management, Legal Services, Communication, Administration & Support, Facilities Management, Stakeholder Engagement & OutreachChief Financial Office (Marine Living Resources Fund)- Supply Chain Management, Financial Management, Revenue ManagementIntegrated Coastal Management (ICM)- Coastal Management, Marine Aquaculture, Socio-economic DevelopmentMonitoring, Control and Surveillance (MCS)- Special Investigations Unit/Monitoring & Surveillance, Environmental Protection Vessels, ComplianceMarine Resources Management (MRM)- Inshore Fisheries Management, Offshore & High Seas Fisheries ManagementResearch, Antarctica and Islands (RAI)- Research Support, Resources Research, Biodiversity & Ecosystem Research, Antarctica & Islands


  • Fisheries Strategy Action Plan 1: 2010/11-2014/15

    GOAL 1: Governance and institutional development.

    STRATEGY:Development of policies for fisheries development and managementNational Fisheries Policy, Small-scale Fisheries Policy, Aquaculture Policy and Inland Fisheries Policy.Organizational review and development of the Fisheries Management Branch. Development and implementation of the Service Delivery Improvement Plan.Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Finalization of the Performance Review process of long-term rights allocation.Develop of a Comprehensive Stakeholder Engagement Strategy which includes the establishment of structures at national (Consultative Advisory Forum), provincial and local (community) levels.


  • GOAL 2: Provision of technical and support services to the sector.


    - Establishment of a Comprehensive Development Finance Scheme for fisheries.- Development of a Comprehensive Fishery Processing/Beneficiation Strategy to ensure maximum benefit for new market entrants along the full value chain in each fishery. - Establishment of a domestic and international trade promotion strategy, with a specific focus on Africa and the global South.- Establishment of a world-class, African Fisheries Research and Development Institute in conjunction with the rest of Africa.- Establishment of a Technical Support and Advisory Services Programme.- *

  • GOAL 3: Aquaculture development.


    - Finalization of the integration of aquaculture policies (Marine and Freshwater).- Investment in the development of hatcheries, research and demonstration centres.- Promotion of aquaculture development in aquaculture development zones.- Capacity and skills development programmes for aqua-culturists and fish farmers.- Providing support for inputs and infrastructure development.- Promoting and support research on the development of affordable fish feed.- Conducting research into the introduction of new species for consumption, processing and manufacturing.


  • GOAL 4: Value-chain development and support.


    - Investment in infrastructure in processing, marketing in productive areas.- Development of relevant marketing strategies for fisheries zones.- Provision of information and capacity development programmes.


  • GOAL 5: Improve capacity for enforcement and the level of compliance in the sector.


    - Establish an inter-governmental and inter-agency Enforcement and Compliance Strategy in conjunction with the Security Cluster, international partners and Regional Fisheries Management Organisations (RFMOs)- Improving visible policing initiatives by expanding the military veterans project- Developing an effective and reliable whistle-blowing and information incentivising strategy - Listing illegal fishing, processing and marketing as a priority crime to ensure that minimum punishments are implemented- Re-introducing specialised courts for the sector to improve the capacity of the State to deal effectively, efficiently and speedily with perpetrators


  • GOAL 6: Food safety and quality assurance


    - Increase capacity for inspection and quarantine services.- Increase capacity for aquatic animal health.- Development of national standards for product quality.- Capacity development programmes for inspection and disease management.*

  • GOAL 7: Sustainable resource management and economic recovery of the key fisheries in the sector.

    STRATEGY:- Develop and implement a comprehensive and integrated recovery plan for abalone fishery- Develop the capability to do fishery-specific annual scientific stock surveys in conjunction with international scientific bodies.- Develop Comprehensive, Integrated Fisheries Development Management Frameworks within which the economic potential of it will be fully explored and a proper balance maintained between the economic and environmental imperatives


  • GOAL 8: Socio-economic development and alternative livelihoods for coastal communities.


    - Development of area and fishery specific economic development zones with purpose-specific development programmes for each zone.- Development of existing proclaimed fishing harbours to ensure equitable access to marine resources and to promote local economic development.- Proclamation of additional fishing harbours.- Job creation opportunities in the fisheries sector through implementation of the Working for Fisheries Programme (WFP).


  • GOAL 9: Transformation and promotion of women and youth involvement in the fisheries sector.


    - Establishment of Fisheries Transformation Council.- Development and Implementation of the Fisheries Black Economic Empowerment Programme and Codes.


  • Current functional arrangements Post 01 April 2010: Fisheries Management (FM) Branch of DAFFInstitutional arrangements (decentralized?): Strategic Support Management (SSM)- Human Resources Management, Legal Services, Communication, Stakeholder Engagement & Outreach, International CooperationChief Financial Office (Marine Living Resources Fund)- Su


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