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Pelagic fishery catches

Pelagic fisheries catches

Environmental Goal

To manage and monitor South Africa's pelagic fish stocks


Pelagic fisheries catches
Pelagic fisheries catches in South Africa, 1950–2004
Source:  Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism: Marine and Coastal Management - Pelagic Section, and Council for Scientific and Industrial Research

Marine 2011 update
Pelagic fisheries catches in South Africa, 2000–2008
Source:  Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism (DEAT) 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009. Fishing Industry Handbook, South Africa, Namibia and Mozambique, 33rd, 35th, 36th, 37th and 38th edition

Are we making progress?

The contribution of sardine to the total 2004 South African pelagic catch of 373 000 tonnes reflects the current healthy status of the sardine stock, after a near-collapse in the late 1960s.  Recovery of this stock reflects good management, principally based on a large reduction in fishing activities.  The further recovery of sardine stocks since 1999 has also assisted other marine species that feed on sardines, such as snoek, yellowtail, seabirds, and seals

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