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The Hook – Weekly Information Update

The Hook – Weekly Information Update

19 November 2014 CLSA Women say NO to Ocean Grabbing 35 Women ...
The Hook – Weekly Information Update

The Hook – Weekly Information Update

12 November 2014 Call for comments on Dwesa Cwebe MPA Draft Regulations ...

WFFP call for increased support for communities struck by Ebola

World Forum of Fisher Peoples (WFFP) calls for increased support for communities ...
The Hook – 22 October 2014

The Hook – 22 October 2014

The Hook 22 October 2014 1 in 4 Campaign – 13 million ...
Masifundise Knowledge: The Coral Triangle Initiative in Calatagan

Masifundise Knowledge: The Coral Triangle Initiative in Calatagan

The Coral Triangle Initiative in Calatagan In Calatagan, a small fishing town ...
Masifundise Knowledge: Mi’kmaq fighting colonial powers

Masifundise Knowledge: Mi’kmaq fighting colonial powers

Canada Mi’kmaq fighting colonial powers Conflicts over fish and other resources between ...

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South Africa Fisherwomen gather in Paternoster

The Masifundise and Coastal Links gender workshop ended on a high note last week. 35 women from the four coastal provinces in South Africa were brought together to discuss Ocean Grabbing. The discussions were centred on taking action against Ocean Grabbing. They also focused on educating and empowering the women. The last day of the […]

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Movement for the Rural Poor

The Trust for Community Outreach and Education will launch a Movement for the rural poor. From the 4 until 9 December small-scale farmers, rural women, farm workers, fishers, forest dwellers, and the landless will meet to launch a movement that will take forward their interests, needs and demands.

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Interim Relief Permits – An Uphill Battle

Persistent flaws in the Interim Relief system are playing havoc with the lives of thousands of people in Small-scale fishing communities across the Western and Northern Cape. The late issuing of permits, the inclusion of non-fishers in beneficiary lists and general mismanagement by the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) deprives fishers of sustainable […]

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CLSA Women say NO to Ocean Grabbing

35 Women from the Western, Eastern, Northern Cape and Kwazulu gathered yesterday in Paternoster for the Gender Workshop organised by Masifundise and Coastal Links South Africa. The Gender workshop is a three day event that will take a look at Ocean Grabbing, its effects on the livelihoods of Small-scale fishers and how women play a […]

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World Fisheries Day draws attention to threats to our marine resources

Member organisations of the World Forum of Fisher Peoples (WFFP) will participate in various activities to mark World Fisheries Day on 21 November. In South Africa, Masifundise and Coastal Links South Africa are hosting a gender workshop in Paternoster, Western Cape. World Fisheries Day was established to draw attention to overfishing, pollution of the ocean, habitat […]

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Doring BAy Abalone Farm launched

Doring Bay Abalone Farm Launched Today,13 November was the launch day of the Doring Bay Abalone Farm in Doring Bay, Western Cape. The event was hosted by the Western Cape Aquaculture Development Initiative (WCADI) together with the Matsikama Municipality. As part of the government’s Operation Phakisa deliverables to unlock the economic potential of South Africa’s […]

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Slow Food, Slow Fish – Terra Mandre

Masifundise researcher Leila Emdon and Coastal Links South Africa member Rowina Marthinus returned this week from a major conference in Italy. Terra Madre, a global project created by Slow Food, was attended by thousands in the City of Turin. Slow Food aims to form networks between all the links in the food production chain, with […]

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Customary Rights are Human Rights

Customary Rights are Human Rights The matter of customary rights has come under increasing international scrutiny in recent times and South Africa is no exception. In the area of marine resource use, the protection and promotion of customary rights are vital to advancing sustainable livelihoods for traditional fishing communities. Later this month, The Legal Resources […]

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Thinking Supplementary Livelihoods for fisherfolk

Thinking Supplementary Livelihoods for fisherfolk Small-Scale Fishing communities need not only depend on fishing related activities for sustainable livelihoods. Fishing resources are already limited due to overfishing, corporate greed, poaching and pollution, among other things. It is thus important for fishing communities to embark on livelihood initiatives that support fisher communities to diversify or strengthen […]

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Landmark MPA case in the Eastern Cape

Landmark MPA case in Eastern Cape A landmark case that could influence the zoning and management of Marine Protected Areas in the country is scheduled for 28 November in the Mthatha High Court. The Legal Resources Centre, representing small-scale fishers in the Dwesa and Cwebe areas in the Eastern Cape, will ask the Fisheries Minister […]

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Media Articles


Masifundise is building an extensive communication platform that includes, print, electronic and social media. With every issue concerning and affecting small scale fisher's, Masifundise endeavours to be heard.


By having regular articles in the press- we aim to bring information and awareness not only to small scale fishers but to the public at large.




These are our articles published in different print media.


Cape Times Article on Small Scale Fishing by CLSA
Son - Article 20 October 2013
Weekend Argus - 09 June 2013
Muslim Views Article - April 2013
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Masifundise can be contacted at infocom@masifundise.org.za or 021 6854549. Speak to Mansoor or Nosipho.