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A Review and Strengthening of the Spatial Management of South Africa’s Offshore Fisheries

A Review and Strengthening of the Spatial Management of South Africa’s Offshore Fisheries

July 2018

This reports reviews current spatial management measures in selected offshore fishery sectors and analyses the key fisheries in the context of spatial patterns in recent catch and effort and the implications for the stocks. This provides the basis for future legal protection and spatial management of key fisheries in South Africa. It was undertaken as part of the Safeguard our Seabed project.

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Section 24of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996

Everyone has the right to an environment that is not harmful to their health or well-being; and to have the environment protected, for the benefit of present and future generations, through reasonable legislative and other measures that prevent pollution and ecological degradation; promote conservation; and secure ecologically sustainable development and use of natural resources while promoting justifiable economic and social development.

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