'Fishing quotas turn small scale fisherman into criminals'

Fishing quotas have been recently imposed on small-scale fishers who rely on the ocean for their families' livelihood.

Fishing communities have been protesting over these quotas trying to get the government to wave them.

CapeTalk's Kieno Kammies speaks to Christian Adams, secretary at Coastal Links South Africa about the impact of these quotas on the small-scale fishing communities around Cape coastal lines.

A lot of small-scale fishing communities were left without any rights and without any legal status to go to sea. This caused a lot of small-scale fishers to end up in prison and being criminalised.

Christian Adams, Secretary at Coastal Links South Africa

It was because of this disposition that the people became criminals but not out of their own doing but because of the laws. Yes there is a level of lawlessness but not all of it stems on the community.

Christian Adams, Secretary at Coastal Links South Africa

To hear the rest of the interview, listen below:


This article first appeared on 702 : 'Fishing quotas turn small scale fisherman into criminals'


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