The FRAP 2020/2021 Fishing Rights Allocation Process will be getting underway later in the year. South African fishing companies have been given new dates to work towards.
While the dates could be a moving timeline for various reasons, it is likely that fishing right applications will be invited between February and April 2021.
According to the public notice, the Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries (DEFF) will:
- Publish a Gazette Notice inviting written comments, from 12 October 2020 until 30 November 2020, from interested and affected parties regarding the draft policies, draft application forms and proposed fees relating to the application and grant of right in the fishing industry;
- Conduct public consultations, from 12 October 2020 to 27 November 2020, on the draft policies, draft application forms and proposed fees relating to the application and grant of right in the fishing industry;
- Publish in a Gazette Notice an invitation for applications for fishing rights, commencing on 1 February 2021 until 2 April 2021, which applications will be receipted by the Department; and
- Commence with the Fishing Rights Allocation Process and adjudication thereof with effect from 17 May 2021 until 30 November 2021.
In September 2019, Cabinet decided to extend the timeframe to 31 December 2021 to deal with the fishing rights in 12 commercial fishing sectors which expire on 31 December 2020.
External service providers
DEFF said this was to give it time to appoint independent external service providers to provide related support in the implementation of FRAP 2020/2021.
The Department intends to convene a Virtual Supplier’s Workshop through Microsoft Teams. All prospective service providers are asked to express interest by submitting their company names and contact details of authorised representatives to: FRAPenq_2020@daff.gov.za by no later than Friday, 17 July 2020.
Prospective service providers who have already submitted their expressions of interest need NOT re-submit it.
- It is possible that oysters, white mussel and hake handline will become 100% small-scale. It is understood that linefish and squid are proposed to be split 50/50 and 75/25 respectively between the small-scale sector and the commercial fishing industry. This will reduce the number of sectors to nine.