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Final research report on a study to boost local economic development through marine resources: A perspective of the local government SETA

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Rhodes University, Rural Fisheries Programme

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Rouhani, Q; Bova, C; Potts, W


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This study has begun to quantify the scale of non-compliance in the recreational fishery sector, and most importantly the relationships between non-compliance of the recreational fishers and small-scale fishers. This is the first study of this nature in South Africa, and it is clear that more work needs to be done in this area of research. Studies have clearly shown that non-compliance in any fishing sector is considered a major factor contributing to the decline of fish stocks. Therefore, the first step to remedy the declining stocks and open up resources for the small-scale and subsistence sectors is to rectify the issue of non-compliance amongst recreational anglers. To address this, this report aims to assess the extent of South Africa's marine recreational fisheries, to quantify the degree of non-compliance, to examine the degree of overlap in the species composition of the shore-based recreational and subsistence fisheries, outline the institutional arrangements and governance structures tasked with promoting compliance in the fishery and finally to recommend a path forward for municipalities to improve the situation.

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