Fishers march into government offices

Hundreds of people from across the Western Cape gathered on Friday at the department of agriculture, forestry and fisheries (DAFF) to protest the current fishing quotas. Naseegh Jaffer, director of the Masifundise Development Trust, which has focused on local fishing communities since 2004, presented a memorandum that was accepted by[…]

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‘We have lost trust in our leaders’, say Hout Bay fishermen

A Hout Bay fishing activist says Tuesday’s violent protest in the fishing town is the result of simmering frustrations amongst the fishing community. Mayhem erupted in the fishing village as fishermen barricaded roads burning tyres and rubble, clashed with police‚ petrol bombed Nyalas. Police responded with rubber bullets‚ tear gas[…]

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Two drown as boat capsizes

Two fishermen drowned, one is missing and another was seriously injured after their boat capsized on Tuesday off the West Coast. National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) spokesman Craig Lambinon said rescue staff were activated on Tuesday afternoon after reports of a small boat with four local fishermen onboard had capsized[…]

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Israeli forces detain 4 Palestinian fishermen off Gaza coast

Israeli naval forces on Wednesday detained four Palestinian fishermen off the Gazan coast and seized their boats, locals said. The detainees were identified as Muhammad al-Saiedi, Mahmoud Saiedi al-Saiedi, Marwan al-Saiedi, and Jihad Kaskin. Israeli forces regularly detain Palestinian fisherman off the coast of Gaza, often claiming they went beyond[…]

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Dept wants thorough probe into trawler tragedy

There needs to be a thorough investigation into the deaths of nine fishermen who, with the rest of their crew, abandoned a fishing trawler, the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) said on Tuesday. “We are in contact with the Viking Fishing Company and will make contact with family[…]

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Israeli forces open fire on Gaza fishermen

Israeli naval forces opened fire on Palestinian fishermen off the coast of Gaza City early Wednesday, witnesses said. The fishermen said that they came under fire as they were sailing off the coast of Sudaniyya in northwestern Gaza City. No injuries were reported, but some of the boats were hit[…]

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Egyptian navy shoots, injures Gaza fisherman

Egyptian naval forces late Monday opened fire on a Palestinian fishing boat off the coast of the southern Gaza Strip, injuring a fisherman from Rafah. Palestinian sources identified the fisherman as Muhammad al-Bardawil. The shooting came after two other Gazan fishermen were shot and injured by Israeli forces earlier in the[…]

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Fishermen protest delay in interim relief permits

In a desperate bid to force the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (Daff) into issuing interim relief permits for small scale fishing, a group of fishermen stormed the department’s offices, essentially bringing operations to a standstill. Headed by Coastal Link South Africa and the Masifundise Development Trust, the group[…]

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