Fishing licence prices hiked
05/04/2005 21:19 – (SA)
Cape Town – The cost of commercial fishing licences could rise from R7 000 to over R2m, Environment Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk said on Tuesday.
“It sounds a lot and it is a lot but everybody must pay the same per ton of fish,” Van Schalkwyk told an imbizo of fishermen at Woodstock, Cape Town.
He was reporting on proposed changes in the fishing industry after last year’s talks with fishing communities around the country.
Big fishing companies will be hardest hit by the licence fee increases, proposed in draft legislation.
Smaller traditional fisherman would benefit. Their application for fishing rights in some instances dropped from R7 000 to R400.
Van Schalkwyk said that previously a flat rate was charged for fishing rights that did not take into account the size of the catch or the size of the enterprise