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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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19 February Policy implementation: The first, small steps This week saw some ...
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11 February 2015 No answers from DAFF- what about the fishers? The ...
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4 February 2015 Ministers Bomo Edna Molewa and Senzeni Zokwana to answer ...
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Economic value of Small-Scale Fisheries

Small-scale fisheries make key contributions to food security, sustainable livelihoods and poverty reduction yet, until recently, governments, multinational institutes and the private sector has focused on the commercial fisheries sector. This has left the small-scale fisheries underdeveloped and its contribution to the development of the economy under-valued. Small-Scale fisheries provide nutritious food for local, national […]

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Spreading the message

Governments and corporations around the world have huge propaganda machineries to promote their aims and objectives and, sometimes, to conceal their nefarious activities. Everyone wants to get their message out, to as vast an audience as possible. Masifundise and Coastal Links have been building and expanding its communications network for the last two years. Using […]

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“To court – may be our last resort” – Arniston Fishers

Bona fide Arniston Fishers who were removed from the Arniston Permit list say they will go to court if it is the last thing they have to do to resolve the Arniston IR permit problems. Arniston have been faced with permit woes since 2013, when line fishers who were part of the Arniston IR list […]

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Indigenous knowledge, co-management key to MPA success

Indigenous knowledge, community participation and fishers rights must be strongly factored into the planning processes and management of Marine Protected areas. This was strongly advocated by small-scale fishers and fisher representatives at an MPA forum attended by Masifundise and Coastal Links in Langebaan this week. The Forum, organised by the World Wide Fund for Nature […]

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Policy implementation: The first, small steps

This week saw some movement towards the implementation of the small-scale fisheries (SSF) policy with a training workshop in Kwazulu Natal and a meeting between a senior DAFF delegation with members of Masifundise and Coastal Links South Africa. At the workshop in KZN, participants were told that the (SSF) policy could be implemented by June […]

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Imagining the potential of Inland fisheries

Inland fisheries is a source of livelihoods for people living in rural areas and in many countries it provides jobs for millions of people. The New Partnership for African Development  (NEPAD) says that a recent estimate of employment and income for seven major river basins found that in West and Central Africa alone fisheries provides […]

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No end to Arniston permit debacle

Four Months into the 2014/15 fishing season and fishers in Arniston are yet to receive their fishing permits. Fishers from the area have been told that their permits are due to be issued and this comes with information that they also have a new representative that they do not know about. In a media release […]

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DAFF goes silent about fisher demands

The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries have not responded to a memorandum outlining a list of grievances from the Western and Northern Cape small-scale fishers. In November 2014, more than 100 small-scale fishers from about 20 coastal towns in the Western Cape delivered a memorandum with a list of grievances to the Department of […]

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Representatives meet in Struisbaai to reflect on fisheries research project

Representatives from Masifundise and Coastal Links last week joined their partners from The Netherlands, Sri Lanka and India to reflect on an international fisheries research project. The meeting was held in Struisbaai, Western Cape and the South African delegation consisted of Masifundise Director Naseegh Jaffer, Programme Co-ordinator Mandla Mqamlana, and field workers Nico Waldeck and […]

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The mysteries of the Abalone project

Masifundise and Coastal Links have requested to see a report with the findings of the Abalone Experimental Project implemented by the department of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries. The project, launched in 2011, aimed to investigate the sustainability of the resource – Abalone- and whether it “could sustain a viable abalone fishery for the small- scale […]

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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.