RECREATIONAL FISHING

RECREATIONAL FISHING

 

Information Brochure

  This pamphlet summarizes the regulations that apply to recreational fishing in South Africa’s marine and estuarine environments. The information provided here is not complete and may change from time to time. For full details of the Marine Living Resources Act (Act No. 18 of 1998) and regulations promulgated thereunder, contact your local fishery control officer. In terms of the Marine Living Resources Act (Act 18 of 1998), the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism is responsible for the management of marine living resources and their environment. Part of this function is delegated to provincial authorities and statutory bodies. Special regulations may govern some river mouths, National Parks, and the Greater St. Lucia Wetland Park. These can be obtained from the Chief Directorate Environmental Management, Western Cape Nature Conservation Board, Eastern Cape Department of Economic Affairs, Environment and Tourism, Ezemvelo KwaZulu-Natal Wildlife and the South African National Parks, as the case may be.

 In terms of the abovementioned Act, each recreational fisher must pay for the right to use marine resources by buying a recreational fishing permit. These funds will be used for research, compliance and management.

 The natural marine living resources of South Africa, as well as the marine environment, are national assets and the heritage of our people. Help us to look after our marine resources.

MARINE CONSERVATION AREAS

 There are several types of areas in the marine and coastal environment where special regulations apply for conservation, fishery management and the promotion of tourism. These include:

Marine Protected Areas, declared under Section 43 of the Marine Living Resources Act. In general no fishing, construction work, pollution, or any form of disturbance is allowed here unless written permission has been granted by the Mininster.

Closed Areas, declared under Section 77 of the Marine Living Resources Act. Fishing is restricted or prohibited entirely in these areas as indicated below.

National Parks, declared under the Protected Areas Act. Regulations that apply in these areas are not listed here, except in those cases where the National Park has also been declared as a Marine Protected Area.

The Greater St. Lucia Wetland Park, declared under the World Heritage Convention Act, is managed by the Greater St. Lucia Wetland Park Authority. Fishing in this area is subject to the provisions described here for the St. Lucia and Maputaland Marine Protected Areas.

MARINE PROTECTED AREAS

 

Langebaan Lagoon Marine Protected Area

Langebaan Lagoon is divided into three zones: Controlled, Restricted and Sanctuary. Recreational fishing is allowed in the northern-most zone, north of a line joining Beacons LB4, in Kraal Bay, and LB3, at Oesterwal.

 Sixteen Mile Beach Marine Protected Area

 No fishing from the shore is allowed in the area between Plankies and Rooipan se Klippe (near Yzerfontein).

Malgas Island, Jutten Island and Marcus Island Marine Protected Areas

 No fishing is allowed along the shores of these islands.

Table Mountain National Park Marine Protected Area

 No fishing is allowed in the following restricted zones:

St James Restricted Zone: between the tidal pool at St James and the tidal pool at Kalk Bay. Exact boundary coordinates are:

34°07¢.123S; 018°27¢.568E

34°07¢.567S; 018°27¢.050E

34°07¢.567S; 018°27¢.568E

Boulders Restricted Zone: in the area between the eastern end of Simonstown harbour and Oatlands. Exact boundary coordinates are:

34°11¢.567S; 018°26¢.762E

34°12¢.705S; 018°27¢.781E

34°10¢.581S; 018°27¢.196E

34°10¢.581S; 018°27¢.781E

Castle Rock Restricted Zone: between the beacon VB1 at Millers Point and VB2 at Partridge Point, extending approximately one nautical mile seawards. Exact boundary coordinates are:

34°15¢.480S; 018°28¢.344E

34°14¢.100S; 018°28¢.508E

34°14¢.100S; 018°29¢.300E

34°15¢.480S; 018°29¢.300E

Paulsberg Restricted Zone: between Smitswinkel Point and Venus Pool, and extending approximately one nautical mile seawards. Exact boundary coordinates are:

34°17¢.744S; 018°28¢.020E

34°16¢.549S; 018°28¢.464E

34°16¢.549S; 018°29¢.000E

34°17¢.744S; 018°29¢.000E

Cape of Good Hope Restricted Zone: between Hoek van die Bobbejaan and the fence at Scarborough, and extending approximately one nautical mile seawards. Exact boundary coordinates are:

34°12¢.271S; 018°22¢.194E

34°18¢.393S; 018°24¢.258E

34°16¢.490S; 018°22¢.194E

34°18¢.393S; 018°23¢.500E

Karbonkelberg Restricted Zone: between the Sentinal and Hout Bay and Oudekraal, and extending 3.3 nautical miles offshore at the widest point. Exact boundary coordinates are:

34°03¢.660S; 018°20¢.252E

33°58¢.757S; 018°21¢.847E

34°03¢.660S; 018°17¢.797E

33°58¢.757S; 018°17¢.797E

Helderberg Marine Protected Area

No fishing is allowed between the mouth of the Eerste River and the mouth of the Lourens River in False Bay, extending 500m seawards from the high-water mark.

Betty’s Bay Marine Protected Area

 Only shore angling is allowed between beacon B1 at Stoney Point and beacon B4, to the east of Jock-se-baai, extending approximately two nautical miles seawards from the high-water mark.

34°22¢.450S; 018°53¢.765E

34°21¢.357S; 018°56¢.240E

34°24¢.450S; 018°53¢.765E

34°24¢.450S; 018°56¢.240E

De Hoop Marine Protected Area

 No fishing is allowed between beacon DH1 at Still Bay Point and beacon DH2 between Rys Point and Skipskop, extending three nautical miles seawards from the high-water mark.

Goukamma Marine Protected Area

 Only shore angling is allowed between Portion 1 of the farm Walker’s Point at Buffels Bay and the western boundary of the Goukamma Nature Reserve, extending one nautical miles seawards from the high-water mark.

Robberg Marine Protected Area

 No fishing is allowed in a rectangular area surrounding the Robberg Peninsula between the latitudes 34°04¢.916S and 34°07¢.633S and the longitudes 023°22¢.300E and 023°25¢.967E, although shore angling is allowed.

Tsitsikamma National Park (includes the Tsitsi­kam­ma Marine Protected Area)

 No fishing is allowed between Groot River at Oubos to Groot River at Nature’s Valley, extending three nautical miles sea-wards from the high-water mark.

33°59¢.0S; 023°34¢.561E

34°03¢.6S; 024°11¢.665E

34°06¢.600S; 024°11¢.665E

34°01¢.817S; 023°38¢.857E

33°59¢.317S; 023°38¢.857E

33°59¢.500S; 023°34¢.561E

Sardinia Bay Marine Protected Area

 No fishing is allowed between beacon PECR1 near Schoenmakerskop and beacon PECR2 near Bushy Park, extending one nautical mile seawards from the high-water mark.

Bird Island MPA

 No fishing is allowed around Bird Island in Algoa Bay within a rectangle defined by the latitudes 33° 48¢.0S and 33° 52¢.5S and the longitudes 026° 14¢.5E and 026° 20¢.0E.

Dwesa-Cwebe Marine Protected Area

 No fishing is allowed between the western bank of the mouth of the Suku River (in the District of Elliotdale) and Human’s Rock (in the district of Willowvale), including the tidal portion of the Mbashe River, extending six nautical miles seawards of the high-water mark.

HluIeka Marine Protected Area

No fishing is allowed adjacent to the Hluleka Nature Reserve (in the Ngqeleni District), extending six nautical miles seawards from the high-water mark.

Pondoland MPA

 No offshore fishing is allowed in the area bounded by a line running 128° from the southern head of the Sikombe River, a line running 128° from the northern head of the Mboyti River and the 1000-m isobath. No shore-based fishing is allowed along the following four sections of coast:

1. From 31° 10¢.3S; 030° 07¢.5E to 31° 12¢.5S; 030° 05¢.2E

2. From 31° 15¢.0S; 030° 02¢.9E to 31° 16¢.8S; 030° 01¢.2E

3. From 31° 17¢.6S; 030° 00¢.6E to 31° 19¢.1S; 029° 58¢.5E

4. From 31° 25¢.4S; 029° 51¢.2E to 31° 27¢.0S; 029° 45¢.5E

No fishing is allowed in the Mtentu and Msikaba estuaries.

Trafalgar Marine Protected Area

 Only shore angling and fishing for certain pelagic fish is allowed between beacon N1 south of Centre Rocks and beacon N2 opposite the southern boundary of the Mpenjati Resort, extending one nautical mile seawards from the high-water mark.

Aliwal Shoal MPA

 No fishing is allowed on Aliwal Shoal, near Umkomaas, nor around the wreck of the Produce.


The Greater St Lucia Wetland Park (includes St Lucia and Maputaland Marine Protected Areas)

 St Lucia Marine Protected Area extends from beacon N3 north of Ngoboseleni Stream to beacon N4 south of Cap Vidal, and extends three nautical miles seawards from the high-water mark. No fishing is allowed in the Sanctuary Zone between beacon N5 at Red Cliffs and beacon N6 at Leven Point, extending three nautical miles due east from the high-water mark. In the Restricted Zones which lie to the north of beacon N5 at Red Cliffs and to the south of beacon N6 at Leven Point, respectively, shore anglers may catch fish, and skiboat anglers and spearfishers may catch certain species of pelagic fish.

Maputaland Marine Protected Area extends from beacon N7 at the Moçambique border to beacon N3 north of Ngoboseleni Stream, extending three nautical miles seawards from the high-water mark.

 No fishing is allowed in the Sanctuary Zone between the beacon N8 at Boteler Point and beacon N9 500m south of Dog Point, extending three nautical miles due east from the high-water mark.

 No fishing is allowed in the Sanctuary Zone between the beacon N7 at the Moçambique border and the beacon N13, extending three nautical miles due east from the high-water mark, except that shore angling is allowed north of beacon N27, which lies 2 km south of the mouth of the Kosi Lakes.

In the Restricted Zones between beacon N13 and beacon N8 and between beacon N9 and beacon N3 shore anglers may catch fish, and skiboat anglers and spearfishers may catch certain species of pelagic fish.

CLOSED AREAS

St Helena Bay

 No rock lobster may be caught between Stomp­neus Point and beacons SHBE/DR at Wilde Varkens Valley (near Doctor’s Reef), extending six nautical miles seawards from the high-water mark.

 No rock lobster may be caught between Shell Bay Point and Stompneus Point, extending three nautical miles seawards from the high-water mark.

Saldanha Bay

 No rock lobster may be caught between North Head and South Head (the entire Saldanha Bay).

Table Bay

 No rock lobster may be caught between Melkbos Point (beacon MB1) and Die Josie (near Chapman’s Peak – beacon MB2), extending 12 nautical miles seawards from the high-water mark.

Strand                               

Only shore angling (and no other type of fishing) is allowed between the mouth of the Lourens River,  and the eastern breakwater of the harbour at Gordon’s Bay, extending 500 m seawards.

Mudge Point

 Only shore angling and the catching of rock lobster is allowed between the western limit of the Hawston harbour and the eastern limit of the Frans Senekal Reserve, extending 100 m seawards from the high-water mark.

Onrus River

 Only shore angling is allowed inside Harderbaai north of a line drawn between the beacons at Van der Riet Hoek (OR1) and Marine Drive Point (OR2) respectively.

Hermanus

Only shore angling (and no other type of fishing) is allowed between the beacons at Kraal Rock (HR1), Walker Bay, and Rietfontein (HR2), Hermanus, extending 500 m seawards from the high-water mark.

Dyer Island

 Only shore angling is allowed at Dyer Island, in an area extending two nautical miles seawards from the high-water mark.

East London

 Only fishing from the shore is allowed in the following three areas near East London:

(i)         between Nahoon Point and Gonubie Point, extending three nautical miles seawards from the high-water mark,

(ii)        between Christmas Rock and Gxulu River mouth extending three nautical miles seawards from the high-water mark, and

(iii)       between Nyara River mouth and Great Kei River mouth, extending three nautical miles sea­wards from the high-water mark.

Durban

 Fishing for invertebrates is not allowed in the area between the line drawn 145° from the south breakwater of Durban Harbour and another line drawn 145° from the mouth of the Umgeni river, extending three nautical miles from the high-water mark.

RECREATIONAL FISHING

General

(1)          A person may obtain a recreational fishing permit from an office authorised by the Minister, subject to the payment of a predetermined fee, to engage in one or more of the following types of recreational fishing: Angling, Spearfishing, Cast-netting and Marine Aquarium Fish. Recreational fishing permits will be endorsed in a manner that indicates which type of fishing or combination of types of fishing the permit holder is entitled to practice.

(2)          A recreational fishing permit entitles the holder to catch fish for own use only and not for the purpose of selling or trading fish.

(3)     The holder of a recreational fishing permit, endorsed for angling, is entitled to catch fish of the Class Pisces (i.e. bony fish, sharks, rays, skates and chimaeras) only with a rod, reel and line, to which no more than 10 hooks are attached. Specific angling regulations are listed below in sub-regulations 9 and 10.

(4)     The holder of a recreational fishing permit, endorsed for spearfishing, is entitled to catch fish of the Class Pisces (i.e. bony fish, sharks, rays, skates and chimaeras) with only a speargun. Specific spearfishing regulations are listed below in sub-regulations 11 and 12.

(5)     The holder of a recreational fishing permit, endorsed for cast-netting, is entitled to catch fish listed in Annexure 4 with a cast-net, which is a circular net weighted at the circumference for the purpose of casting, not exceeding 6 m in diameter. Specific cast-netting regulations are listed below in sub-regulations 13 and 14.

(6)     The holder of a recreational fishing permit, endorsed for marine aquarium fish, is entitled to catch any fish species not listed in the prohibited list of Annexure 5 for display in an aquarium. Specific marine aquarium regulations are listed below in sub-regulations 15 and 16.

(7)     The skipper of a vessel used for any recreational fishing that may be undertaken from a vessel shall be in possession of a recreational fishing permit endorsed for recreational fishing from a vessel.

(8)     The holder of a recreational fishing permit, shall not use any artificial respiratory equipment, with the exception of a snorkel, except in the case of marine aquarium fishing.

Regulations specific to recreational angling

(9)     The holder of a recreational fishing permit endorsed for angling shall not catch, disturb, land, keep or control:

(a)     any fish listed in the Prohibited Species list of Annexure 6,

(b)     more fish than the bag-limit listed in respect of each species in Species List of Annexure 6 during any one day. Furthermore, there is an overall cumulative daily bag limit of ten, irrespective of the species caught and provided that this limit does not apply to those species listed here with no bag limit, and to those with a bag limit exceeding ten;

(c)     any fish smaller than, or of a mass less than, the size-limit listed in respect of each species in the Species List of Annexure 6;

(d)     any fish during the closed-season listed in respect of each species in the Species List of Annexure 6.

(10)   The holder of a recreational fishing permit endorsed for angling may use a gaff for the purpose of landing a fish that has been hooked on a line, but may never use a club, stick spear or speargun.

Regulations specific to recreational spearfishing

(11)   The holder of a recreational fishing permit endorsed for spearfishing shall not catch, disturb, land, keep, or control:

(a)     any fish listed in the Prohibited Species list of Annexure 6,

(b)     more fish than the bag-limit listed in respect of each species in Species List of Annexure 6 during any one day. Furthermore, there is an overall cumulative daily bag limit of ten, irrespective of the species caught and provided that this limit does not
apply to those species listed here with no bag limit, and to those with a bag limit exceeding ten;

(c)     any fish smaller than, or of a mass less than, the size-limit listed in respect of each species in the Species List of Annexure 6;

(d)     any fish during the closed-season listed in respect of each species in the Species List of Annexure 6.

(12)   The holder of a recreational fishing permit endorsed for spearfishing shall not catch fish or attempt to catch fish in an estuary.

Regulations specific to recreational cast-netting

(13)   The holder of a recreational fishing permit endorsed for cast-netting shall not catch, disturb, land, keep, or control:

(a)     any fish not listed in the species list of Annexure 4,

(b)     more fish than the bag-limit listed in respect of each species in species list of Annexure 4 during any one day;

(c)     any fish smaller than, or of a mass less than, the size-limit listed in respect of each species in the species list of Annexure 4;

(14)   The holder of a recreational fishing permit endorsed for cast-netting shall not fish or attempt to catch fish between sunset and sunrise.

Regulations specific to marine aquarium fishing

(15)   The holder of a recreational fishing permit endorsed for marine aquarium fish shall not catch, disturb, or land:

(a)     any fish listed in Annexure 5;

(b)     more than five fish per species;

(c)     more fish than the bag-limit listed in respect of each species in species list of Annexure 6 during any one day;

(d)     any fish smaller than, or of a mass less than, the size-limit listed in respect of each species in the Species List of Annexure 6;

(e)     any fish during the closed-season listed in respect of each species in the Species List of Annexure 6.

(16)   The holder of a recreational fishing permit endorsed for marine aquarium fish must:

(a)     immediately transfer all fish caught in terms of this permit to a saltwater aquarium or holding facility of sufficient capacity to sustain the lives of the fish.

(b)     keep a log-book indicating all additions to the aquarium (including those bred or hatched in the aquarium) and losses, indicating the species, origin, and cause of loss.

RECREATIONAL SCUBA DIVING PERMIT CONDITIONS

The holder of a recreational SCUBA diving permit shall:

(1)     not remove, unduly disturb or harass any marine organism or habitat, including shells or substrate, marine mammals, seabirds and fish.

(2)     not feed fish, practice chumming, or dump any material, or discharge any biological attractants in the MPA.

(3)     dive in the Table Mountain, Pondoland and Aliwal Shoal MPA during daylight hours only (from half an hour before local sunrise to the time of local sunset), unless as part of a group being taken out by an MCM-authorized business operator. A representative of a registered Diving Club or individuals must notify the managing authority of the MPA to their satisfaction if they intend night diving. (Table Mountain (SANParks) – 021-786 5656, Pondoland (Eastern Cape Parks Board) – 047-387 0451/043-742 4450, Aliwal Shoal (Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife – 0825592848).

(4)     scuba dive in Bird Island MPA during 08:00 to 16:00 only after having notified the SANParks MPA manager of their plans (042-233 0556).

(5)     not dive in any MPA where a scuba diving permit is required between 23:00 and 04:00 at all.

(6)     abide by the Diver Code of Conduct (www.mcm-deat.gov.za)

(7)     note that these conditions will be applicable to any new MPAs that may be declared or regazetted.

(8)     adhere to the condition that boats taking persons diving in an MPA where a permit is required shall only launch from an authorized launching site, and shall not launch earlier than an hour before local sunrise or return later than an hour after local sunset unless night diving in compliance with condition 3.

JETSKI CONDITIONS IN MARINE PROTECTED AREAS

No person may use a Personal Water Craft (PWC) (jetski) in the Pondoland, Bird Island, Aliwal Shoal and Table Mountain National Park Marine Protected Areas. PWC users should only launch from authorised launch sites and find out what local restrictions may be in place.

RECREATIONAL FISHING PERMIT FEES

(1)     Fee payable in respect of an application for a permit to undertake recreational fishing: R5

 (2)     Annual permit: Fee payble in respect of the issuing of an annual permit to undertake recreational fishing of –

 Abalone (not available until further notice)                                                                                                                                R 70

West Coast Rock Lobster                                                                                                                                                               R 70

East Coast Rock Lobster                                                                                                                                                                R 70

Molluscs, including octopus, squid, worms, other invertebrates and aquatic plants                                                         R 70

Mud Crab                                                                                                                                                                                          R 70

Marine aquarium fish                                                                                                                                                                     R 70

Angling                                                                                                                                                                                              R 55

Spearfishing                                                                                                                                                                                     R 70

Use of cast or throw net                                                                                                                                                                 R 70

Additional fee per vessel (only payable by the skipper) for recreational fishing from

such a vessel where applicable                                                                                                                                                   R 70

(3)     Short term permit: Fee payble in respect of the issuing of a short term permit (only valid for four weeks) to undertake recreational fishing –

             •     Molluscs including octopus, squid, worms,

                   other invertebrates and aquatic plants             R 40                              •     Spearfishing                                                           R 40

             •     Mud Crab                                                                R 40                              •     Use of cast or throw net                                       R 40

             •     Marine aquarium fish                                           R 40                              •     Additional per vessel (only payable

             •     Angling                                                                    R 35                                    by skipper) for recreational fishing

                                                                                                                                                 from such a vessel where applicable               R 40

Annexure 4

CAST NET

 Species that may be caught with a Cast-net

The taxa, i.e. genus (denoted “spp.”), or family, mentioned in this annexure refer to all species in the genus or family, as the case may be.

SPECIES LIST

COMMON NAME                                               SCIENTIFIC NAME                              MINIMUM SIZE/ MASS                      BAG LIMITS

Anchovies                                                             Family Engraulidae                                                      none                                            none

Chub mackerel                                                    Scomber japonicus                                                       none                                            none

Glassies                                                                 Family Ambassidae                                                     none                                            none

Halfbeaks                                                              Family Hemiramphidae                                              none                                            none

Horse mackerel / maasbanker                         Trachurus trachurus capensis                                    none                                            none

Mullets / harders                                                  Family Mugilidae                                                          none                                               50

Pinky (piggy)                                                         Pomadasys olivaceum                                               7.5 cm                                             10

Sardines (pilchard & red-eye)                           Family Clupeidae                                                         none                                            none

Sauries                                                                  Family Scomberesocidae                                           none                                            none

Scads                                                                     Decapterus spp.                                                            none                                            none

Strepie (karanteen)                                             Sarpa salpa                                                                   15 cm                                              10

Annexure 6

RECREATIONAL ANGLING

Species specific regulations applicable to recreational fishers

 (1)     The taxa, i.e. genus (denoted “spp.”), family or class mentioned in this Annexure refer to all species in the genus, family or class, as the case may be.

(2)     The size of the fish shall be measured in a straight line from the tip of the snout to the extreme end of the tail.

(3)     All fish that are landed, except sharks, skates, rays and chimaeras (Class Chondrichthyes), must have head and tail intact such that it can be established whether the fish conforms to the minimum size and / or mass, provided that it may be gutted.

(4)     Any fish caught in contravention of the provisions of the Act or the permit conditions must immediately be returned to the sea with as little injury as possible.

(5)     No fish may be sold or offered for sale by the holder of a recreational fishing permit.

(6)     Special note should be taken of the size, bag & area limitations with regards to kob (Argyrosomus spp.)

(7)     Species not mentioned in either of these lists have a bag limit of ten provided that sharks, rays, skates or chimaeras (Class Chondrichthyes) have a bag limit of one and rockcods (Family Serranidae) have a bag limit of five.

(8)     There is an overall cumulative daily bag limit of ten, irrespective of the species caught and provided that this limit does not apply to those species listed here with no bag limit, and to those with a bag limit exceeding ten.

(9)     There is a closed season for elf / shad (Pomatomus saltatrix) from 1 October to 30 November in any year.

(10)   There is a closed season for red steenbras (Petrus rupestris) from 1 October to 30 November in any year.

(11)   There is a closed season for galjoen (Dichistius capensis) from 15 October to the last day of February in the following year.

PROHIBITED SPECIES LIST

No person shall catch, land, be in possession of species listed in the “prohibited species list”

COMMON NAME                                  SCIENTIFIC NAME

 Basking shark                                        Cetorhinus maximus

Brindle bass                                           Epinephelus lanceolatus

Coelacanth                                             Latimeria chalumnae

Great white shark                                  Carcharodon carcharias

Natal wrasse                                          Anchichoerops natalensis

Pipefish & seahorses                           Family Syngnathidae

Potato bass                                            Epinephelus tukula

Sawfishes                                               Family Pristidae

Seventy-four                                          Polysteganus undulosus

Whale shark                                           Rhincodon typus

No person may (or recreational fisher) on any one day land or be in possession of more than the species-specific bag limits as indicated in this species list”. Except that a maximum accumulative bag of 10 shall apply (See point 8 above)

SPECIES LIST

COMMON NAME                                          SCIENTIFIC NAME                     MINIMUM SIZE/ MASS              BAG LIMITS

                                               

Anchovies                                                                             Family Engraulidae                                                none                                   none

Baardman (bellman, tasselfish)                                      Umbrina spp.                                                          40 cm                                     5

Banded galjoen                                                                   Dichistius multifasciatus                                        none                                      5

Billfishes (marlin, sailfish)                                                 Family Istiophoridae                                               none                                      5

Blacktail (dassie)                                                                 Diplodus sargus capensis                                    20 cm                                     5

Blue hottentot                                                                       Pachymetopon aeneum                                        none                                      5

Bronze bream (bluefish)                                                   Pachymetopon grande                                         30 cm                                     2

Cape knifejaw                                                                     Oplegnathus conwayi                                            none                                      5

Cape stumpnose                                                                Rhabdosargus holubi                                           20 cm                                     5

Carpenter (silverfish)                                                         Argyrozona argyrozona                                        35 cm                                     4

Catface  rockcod                                                                 Epinephelus andersoni                                        50 cm                                     5

Chub mackerel                                                                    Scomber japonicus                                                 none                                   none

Cutlassfish (walla walla)                                                   Trichiurus lepturus                                                  none                                   none

Dageraad                                                                             Chrysoblephus cristiceps                                     40 cm                                     1

Dane                                                                                      Porcostoma dentata                                               none                                      5

Elf (shad)                                                                              Pomatomus saltatrix                                              30 cm                                     4

Englishman                                                                          Chrysoblephus anglicus                                       40 cm                                     1

Fransmadam (Karel groot oog)                                       Boopsoidea inornata                                              none                                     10

Galjoen                                                                                 Dichistius capensis                                                35 cm                                     2

Garfishes                                                                              Family Belonidae                                                    none                                   none

Garrick (leervis)                                                                   Lichia amia                                                              70 cm                                     2

Geelbek (Cape salmon)                                                    Atractoscion aequidens                                        60 cm                                     2

Glassies                                                                                Family Ambassidae                                               none                                   none

Hake (stockfish)                                                                  Merluccius spp.                                                       none                                      5

Halfbeaks                                                                             Family Hemiramphidae                                        none                                   none

Horse mackerel / maasbanker                                         Trachurus trachurus capensis                              none                                   none

Hottentot                                                                               Pachymetopon blochii                                          22 cm                                    10

John Brown                                                                          Gymnocrotaphus curvidens                                  none                                      5

Kingfishes                                                                            Caranx spp. and Carangoides spp.                    none                                      5

Kingklip                                                                                 Genypterus capensis                                               non                                       1

King mackerel                                                                     Scomberomorus commerson                               none                                     10

Kob caught from a boat at sea

[Cape Agulhas to Umtamvuna River]                             Argyrosomus spp.                                                  50 cm                                     

Kob caught from a boat at sea

[The Province of KwaZulu-Natal]                                     Argyrosomus spp.                                                  40 cm                                     

Kob caught in estuaries & from the shore

[East of Cape Agulhas only]                                             Argyrosomus spp.                                                  60 cm                                     1

Kob

[West of Cape Agulhas only]                                            Argyrosomus spp.                                                  50 cm                                     5

Large-spot pompano (wave garrick)                               Trachinotus botla                                                    none                                      5

Leopard cat shark                                                               Poroderma pantherinum                                       none                                      1

Mullets / harders                                                                  Family Mugilidae                                                    none                                     50

Natal knifejaw (cuckoo bass)                                           Oplegnathus robinsoni                                          none                                      5

Natal stumpnose (yellowfin bream)                                Rhabdosargus sarba                                            25 cm                                     5

Pinky (piggy)                                                                        Pomadasys olivaceum                                         7.5 cm                                   10

Poenskop (black steenbras or musselcracker)             Cymatoceps nasutus                                             50 cm                                     1

Queen mackerel                                                                 Scomberomorus plurilineatus                              none                                     10

Ragged tooth shark                                                            Carcharias taurus                                                   none                                      1

Red steenbras (copper steenbras)                                  Petrus rupestris                                                      60 cm                                     1

Red stumpnose (Miss Lucy)                                             Chrysoblephus gibbiceps                                    30 cm                                     1

River bream (perch)                                                           Acanthopagrus berda                                           25 cm                                     5

River snapper (rock salmon)                                            Lutjanus argentimaculatus                                   40 cm                                     5

Roman                                                                                  Chrysoblephus laticeps                                        30 cm                                     2

Santer (soldier)                                                                    Cheimerius nufar                                                   30 cm                                     5

Sardines (pilchard & red-eye)                                          Family Clupeidae                                                   none                                   none

Sauries                                                                                  Family Scomberesocidae                                     none                                   none

Scads                                                                                    Decapterus spp.                                                      none                                   none

Scotsman                                                                             Polysteganus praeorbitalis                                  40 cm                                     1

Slinger                                                                                   Chrysoblephus puniceus                                     25 cm                                     5

Snoek (Cape snoek)                                                          Thyrsites atun                                                         60 cm                                    10

Southern pompano                                                            Trachinotus africanus                                             none                                      5

Spotted grunter (tiger)                                                        Pomadasys commersonnii                                   40 cm                                     5

Spotted gulley shark                                                           Triakis megalopterus                                              none                                      1

Springer (ten pounder)                                                      Elops machnata                                                      none                                      5

Steentjie                                                                                Spondyliosoma emarginatum                              none                                     10

Stonebream                                                                         Neoscorpis lithophilus                                           none                                      5

Strepie (karanteen)                                                             Sarpa salpa                                                             15 cm                                    10

Striped cat shark                                                                 Poroderma africanum                                            none                                      1

Swordfish (broadbill)                                                          Xiphias gladius                                                       25 kg                                      5

Squid (Chokka)                                                                   Loligo vulgarus reynaudii                                      none                                     20

Tunas (tunny)                                                                       Thunnus spp.                                                           none                                     10

   Albacore / longfin tuna                                                    Thunnus alalunga                                                   none                                     10

   Bigeye tuna                                                                       Thunnus obesus                                                     3.2 kg                                    10

   Bluefin tuna                                                                       Thunnus thynnus                                                    6.4 kg                                    10

   Yellowfin tuna                                                                   Thunnus albacares                                                3.2 kg                                    10

West coast steenbras                                                         Lithognathus aureti                                                60 cm                                     1

White edged (Captain Fine) rockcod                              Epinephelus albomarginatus                              40 cm                                     5

White musselcracker (brusher, cracker)                         Sparodon durbanensis                                         60 cm                                     2

White steenbras (pignose grunter)                                  Lithognathus lithognathus                                    60 cm                                     1

White stumpnose                                                                Rhabdosargus globicebs                                     25 cm                                    10

Wolfherring                                                                          Chirocentrus dorab                                                 none                                   none

Yellowbelly rockcod                                                            Epinephelus marginatus                                      60 cm                                     1

Yellowtail                                                                              Seriola lalandi                                                         none                                     10

Zebra (wildeperd)                                                               Diplodus cervinus hottentotus                             30 cm                                     5

REGULATIONS FOR FISHING OF EAST COAST ROCK LOBSTER

(Panulirus homarus)

               

(1)     Closed season: 1 November to the last day of February of the following year, both dates inclusive.

(2)     Minimum size: 65 mm – measured in a straight line from the point where the tail meets the body to the notch between the supra-orbital spines (spines above the eyes).

 (3)     No person may collect more than eight east coast rock lobster per day.

(4)     No person may be in possession of or transport more than eight east coast rock lobster at any time.

 (5)     No person shall engage in fishing, collecting or disturbing east coast rock lobster with the use of a vessel.

(6)     No person shall engage in fishing, collecting or disturbing any East Coast rock lobster with a trap other than:

•     a flat circular trap with no sides and which the diameter does not exceed 30 cm;

      or           

•     by means of baited hooks.

Annexure 5

 AQUARIUM FISH

Regulations governing the harvesting of aquarium recreational fishers.

(1)     A maximum of ten fish may be harvested per day.

(2)     A maximum of five fish per species, which have been collected, may be held in captivity.

(3)     The following species may not be caught.

Common name                                Scientific name of species or group

 Hard corals                                        Order Scleractinia

Sea fans                                            Order Gorgonacea

Sea pens                                           Order Pennatulacea

Sand dollars                                      Echinodiscus spp.

Giant clams                                       Tridacna spp.

Abalone                                             Haliotis spp.

Rock lobsters                                    Family Palinuridae

Seahorses and pipefish                 Family Syngnathidae

Coelacanth                                        Latimeria chalumnae

Seventy four                                      Polysteganus undulosus

Brindle bass                                      Promicrops lanceolatus

Potato bass                                       Epinephelus tukula

Natal wrasse                                     Anchichoerops natalensis

Great white shark                             Charcarodon carcharias

Marine mammals

(seals, dolphins and whales)         Class Mammalia

REGULATIONS FOR FISHING OF  WEST COAST ROCK LOBSTER

(Jasus lalandii)

(1)       The new season for recreational fishing of west coast rock lobster will open on 15 November 2006 and will close on 30 April 2007. From 15 November 2006 to 31 January 2007 fishing will be allowed every day of the week, but from 1 February 2007 to 30 April 2007 fishing will be restricted to weekends and public holidays only.

(2)       Any person who wants to catch west coast rock lobster for own consumption must be in possession of a recreational rock lobster permit, obtainable at Post Offices.

 (3)       Bag limit: Four (4) per permit holder per day for own use.

 (4)       Minimum size: 80 mm – measured in a straight line along the middle dorsal line of the carapace, from the centre of the posterior edge of the carapace to the tip of the middle anterior spine.

 (5)       Age restriction: Permits will only be issued to persons above the age of 12 years.

 (6)       Recreational permit-holders collecting and landing of west coast rock lobster may do so only between 08h00 – 16h00.

 (7)       Any west coast rock lobster caught, collected or transported shall be kept in a whole state.

 (8)       West coast rock lobster in berry may not be caught and must be returned to the sea immediately.

 (9)       No person shall buy, barter, sell, or offer for sale any rock lobster which is caught with a recreational permit.

 (10)     A maximum of 20 rock lobsters may be transported per day, on condition that all the persons who caught such rock lobster are present in the vehicle, vessel or aircraft during transportation, and that such persons are in possession of recreational rock lobster permits; keep control or be in possession of more than 20 west coast rock lobster at any time – eg. home/residence.

 (11)     Rock lobster for own use may only be caught by:

•         using a ring- or scoop-net from a boat not licensed to catch rock lobster commercially;

•         using a ring- or scoop-net from the sea-shore;

•         diving from the sea-shore without the use of artificial breathing apparatus, other than a snorkel;

•         using a baited line and scoopnet.

(12)     No rock lobster traps or similar gear may be used.

 (13)     Closed areas (other than MPAs):

            No person shall, in any manner or for any purpose, engage in fishing, collecting or disturbing west coast rock lobster within:

(a)     The area within 12 nautical miles seaward of the high-water mark between, as northern limit, a line (270° true bearing) drawn through a beacon marked MB1 and situated at Melkbos Point, and as southern limit, a line (270° true bearing) drawn from a beacon marked HD1 at “Die Josie” situated near Chapman’s Peak south of Hout Bay;

(b)     The entire area within Saldanha Bay east of a straight line drawn through two beacons marked N.H.1 and N.H.2, respectively, and situated on the point known as “North Head”, and two beacons marked S.H.1 and S.H.2 respectively situated on the point known as “South Head”;

(c)     The area within six nautical miles seaward of the high-water mark on the coast between, as western limit, a straight line drawn through beacons marked S.H.B.W.1 and S.H.B.2, respectively, and situated on Stompneus Point, and, as eastern limit, a straight line drawn through a beacon marked S.H.B.E and a beacon marked D.R., both situated on the remaining extent of Wilde Varkens Valley A, due south of “Doctor’s Reef’; and

(d)     The area within three nautical miles seaward of the high-water mark between, as western limit, a line (315° true bearing) drawn through two beacons marked S.H.B.W.2 and S.H.B.3, respectively, and situated on Shell Bay Point, and as eastern limit, a straight line drawn through beacons marked S.H.B.W.1 and S.H.B.2, respectively, and situated at Stompneus Point;

(e)     The area within a distance of 500 m seaward of the high-water mark between, as eastern boundary, a line (180° true looring) drawn from the beacon marked H.R.1 situated at Kraal Rock in Walker Bay and, as a western boundary, a similar line drawn from the beacon marked H.R.2 situated at Rietfontein, Hermanus.

ABALONE/PERLEMOEN

(Haliotis spp.)

The recreational abalone season has been closed until further notice.

Please note that this also applies to the Haliotis spadicea (Siffie/Venus ear) species.

NB:

In KwaZulu-Natal, the following permits, Drag Net, Hoop Net, Mussel and Oyster are only available at:

Marine Permit Office

KZN Wildlife

Private Bag X15

Congella  4013

Tel.: (031) 205 5278

Fax: (031) 205 5672

Email: Olmesdaf@kznwildlife.com or Marine@kznwildlife.com

COMMON NAMEAlikreukelChiton / armadilloBloodworm

Clam

Crabs & hermit crabs

Cuttlefish

Limpets                                 

Mole crab

Mud crab                               

Octopus

Periwinkle / topshell/ turbanshell

Any seaworm, including polychaete, wonder shingle, moonshine, coral, pot, pudding, rock, but excluding mussel worms, tape & flat worms

Razor clam, pencil bait

Red bait                                

Rock, black, brown & ribbed mussels

Mud prawn

Sand prawn

Swimming prawns

Scallop

Sea cucumbers

Sea urchins excluding live pansy shells

White mussel / wedge shell

Oysters

Squid, chokka

MINIMUM SIZE63.5 mm140 mm measured across the broadest part of the carapace (back)35 mm
MAXIMUM PER DAY565

8

15

2

15

30

6

2

50

10

(or 250 ml container)

20

2 kg without the test (shell)

30

50

50

50

10

20

20

50

25

20

COLLECTION METHODOnly by handOnly by handOnly by hand, suction pump and/or wire

Only by hand

Only by hand, rod and/or line

By hand or line

Only by hand or with an implement with a blade or flat edge not exceeding 12 mm in width

By hand or triangular trap

Only by hand, rod and/or line. No crab in berry may be kept

Only by hand, rod and/or line, gaff

Only by hand

Only by hand or suction pump

Only by hand, suction pump and/or wire

Only by hand or with an implement with a blade or flat edge not exceeding 12 mm in width

Only by hand or with an implement with a blade or flat edge not exceeding 12 mm in width

Only by hand, suction pump or inverted tin

Only by hand or suction pump

Only by hand or hand-held scoop net or trap not measuring more than 50 cm X 50 cm

Only by hand

Only by hand

Only by hand

Only by hand or with an implement with a blade or flat edge not exceeding 12 mm in width

Only by hand or with an implement with a blade or flat edge not exceeding 40 mm and not less than 1 m in length

Only by rod and/or line

SHELLFISH AND BAIT ORGANISMS
SPECIESTurbo sarmaticusAll species of the class PolyplacophoraAll species of the genus Arenicola

All species of the genus Mactra

All species of the sections Brachyura & Anomura excluding Scylla serrata, Hippa adactyla & Emerita austroafricana

All species of the genus Sepia

All species of the family Patellidae

Hippa adactyla & Emerita austroafricana

Scylla serrata

All species of the subfamily Octopodinae

All species of the genera Littorina, Oxystele & Turbo excluding Turbo sarmaticus

All marine species of the phyla Platyhelminthes, Nemertea,  Sipunculida and Annelida, but excluding the genera Arenicola, Nereis and Pseudonereis

All species of the genus Solen

All species of the genus Pyura  

All species of the genera Aulacomya, Mytilus, Choromytilus and Perna

All species of the genus Upogebia

All species of the genus Callianassa

All species of the family Penaeidae

All species of the genus Pecten

All species of the class Holothuroidea

All species of the class Echinoidea excluding the genus Echinodiscus

Donax serra

All species of the genera Pinctada, Striostrea, Ostrea & Saccostrea

All species of the genera Loligo & Thysanoteuthis

 

The Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism welcomes you to participate in conserving our rich and diversified marine heritage and to endeavour that future generations to come will also enjoy the same.

For any further information please contact:

 Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism

Branch:Marine and Coastal Management

Private Bag X2,

Rogge Bay 8012

Cape Town

Tel. 021-402 3911

Fax. 021-402 3364

 Website: www.deat.gov.za

 2007

Updated by Tony Dovale  www.lifemasters.co.za Corporate Team Building Events Gauteng

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