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Hake and Sole Fishing Interdict

Urgent Court Interdict Granted to Viking Fishing in Respect of Fishing Rights Allocation Process (FRAP) 2016 by Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Mr. Senzeni Zokwana in reply to the verdict granted to Viking Fishing's. The interim interdict will be effective until the final ruling is made in February.

Viking Fishing failed to follow due process after being judged against in a court hearing and did not file an appeal.  They are one of 25 companies affected by the court ruling which could have led to over 1 250 employees being adversely affected in 2017 year. The Viking Fishing group of companies operates a large fleet of fishing vessels, three HACCP compliant seafood processing facilities and a growing number of fish farms across southern Africa.

The company supplies seafood wholesalers and retailers with a complete basket of quality fresh and frozen seafood products, ranging from hake to pink prawns.

The cause of the judgement was unhappiness over quota allocation and incorrect procedures being followed in trying to sort out the problem. The companies failed to follow internal procedures and turned to the courts first.

The result of the court’s decision is that no hake or sole is being fished currently. Hake and sole bring in large revenue especially in Cape Town where fish shops have a high demand. The heavy demand for these fish to restaurant’s and supermarkets up country as well as to neighbouring countries nets in over R400m of the fisheries revenue. The fish can be caught all year round.

 Heather Malcomess

06/01/2017


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