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The Hook: 18 March 2015

The Hook: 18 March 2015

Time for fishers to taste freedom “Twenty one years after the advent ...
The Hook 11 March 2015

The Hook 11 March 2015

11 March 2015 Thirty days to comment on fisheries regulations The Draft ...
The Hook

The Hook

4 March 2013 Permits for West Coast Rock Lobster – rights of ...
Small- Scale Fisheries Policy Draft Regulations for public comment

Small- Scale Fisheries Policy Draft Regulations for public comment

The Department of Agriculture Forestry an Fisheries released the final draft regulations ...
The Hook

The Hook

25 February 2015 Kwazulu Natal and Eastern Cape Small-scale fishers ready to ...
KZN and EC: Small-scale fishers ready to take a stand

KZN and EC: Small-scale fishers ready to take a stand

Small-scale fishers in Kwazulu Natal and the Eastern Cape want their voices ...

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Masifundise visits Vanderkloof Dam outside Orania

Masifundise took its first small steps into the world of fresh water fisheries when a two Masifundise staff embarked on a visit Vanderkloof Dam outside Orania this week. Field worker Michelle Joshua and communication consultant Mansoor Jaffer met with a range of stakeholders discussing a government proposal that explores the potential of fishing in the […]

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Fisheries: Tenure Rights and Marine Protected Areas

By Leila Emdon According to the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), tenure refers to the rules that “define how rights to land and other natural resources are assigned within societies” as well as “rights to use, control and transfer these resources” FAO 2012). Tenure defines and distinguishes between ‘who is a user and, therefore, who […]

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Key Small-Scale Fisheries Policy Objective: Human Rights Principles

The Small-Scale Fisheries policy is there to right the wrongs of the past, to bring balance and justice to the small-scale fishing sector. Through the policy, small-scale and artisanal fishers will rightfully benefit from marine resources and are given legal recognition as industry players of the fishing industry. Adopting an integrated and holistic based approach […]

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Tenure and Fishing Rights at FAO

Rights- based approaches on fisheries is highlighted this week at a Food and Agriculture Organisation conference held in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Hosted by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), the conference is to foster a mutual understanding of the challenges faced by different groups in fisheries communities and to find common ground and options for […]

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Peasants, pastoralists and indigenous people meet at world forum in Tunisia

The World Social Forum is sitting in Tunisia bringing together small-scale food producers from around the world. The forum started on 24 March and will finish on 28 March. Masifundise Development Trust’s Carsten Pedersen, representing the World Forum of Fisher Peoples told the Hook that he would speak at a ‘convergence session’ this week on […]

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Women’s role in fishing industry not to be underestimated

The new small-scale fisheries (SSF) policy is strong on gender rights in fisheries. This week The Hook looks at the issue of women in fisheries. The role of women in the fisheries industry cannot be underestimated. Women play different roles to support, uplift and protect the industry, communities and families. In fisheries, women are involved […]

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Time for fishers to taste freedom

“Twenty one years after the advent of democracy, it is high time that small-scale fishers taste the fruits of freedom,” says Masifundise Development Trust. Masifundise and Coastal Links South Africa are calling on the authorities to go ahead and implement the small-scale fisheries policy, and do so comprehensively. “Our members, some 4 000 small-scale fishers […]

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Seychelles: Plan to expand Marine Protected Areas by up to 30%

The Seychelles government is committed to expanding by 20-30% the country’s marine protected area network and fishers say that they were not consulted regarding this process. The matter was discussed at a week-long workshop earlier this month. The workshop, organised by the Fisher Association of Seychelles is meant to exchange knowledge of how fisherfolk can […]

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Thirty days to comment on fisheries regulations

The Draft Regulations relating to Small-Scale Fishing were gazetted on Friday 6 March for public comment. The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries has given fishing communities and members of the public 30 days to comment on the regulations. Masifundise is concerned that the 30 days eats into the time when the department is busy […]

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FAO Tenure Guidelines protecting tenure rights: The case of Marine Protected Areas of South Afric

The International Voluntary Guidelines formulated by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) promote secure tenure rights and equitable access to land, fisheries and forests. They serve as a means of eradicating hunger and poverty, supporting sustainable development and enhancing the environment (FAO 2013). The FAO document is called Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of […]

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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.