Demersal trawl fishery
To manage and monitor South Africa's demersal trawl fishery industry
Commercial catch landed for hake fishery (Merluccius paradoxus and M. capensis) from offshore and inshore trawl, hand-line, and long-line catches, 1960–2003
Source: Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism: Marine and Coastal Management - Demersal Section
Are we making progress?
The demersal trawl fishery is South Africa’s second largest fishery in terms of the amount of fish landed (163 500 tonnes in 2003; see Figure 7.12) and the most important in terms of value, having contributed some R1.6 billion in 2003 (47% of the total revenue of South African fisheries). The deep-sea hake (demersal offshore trawl) lands the highest value catch, contributing 44% to the total revenue of South African fisheries.