Policies

Gazetted policies regarding permits for various recreational and commercial activities in coastal and marine environments.

Policy on Boat-Based Whale and Dolphin Watching (BBWW) 
(MLRA) Marine Living Resource Act- Act No. 10 of 1998 
Policy on White Shark Cage Diving (WSCD) 
(MLRA) Marine Living Resource Act- Act No. 10 of 1998 

"This policy on Whale and Dolphin Watching (BBWW) intends to guide the process and decision making for the second permit allocation process for boat-based whale and dolphin watching permits. The policy must be read with the BBWW regulations published under Government Notice R725 in Government Gazetter 31212 of 4 July 2008.

Objectives and criteria as set out in this Policy will guide the evaluation and allocation of permits in the boat-based what watching industry to ensure that all eco-tourism related activities related to whales and dolphins are sustainable and effectively managed a also provides an overview of the South African BBWW industry as well as opportunities to support biodiversity and socio-economic priority actions The policy provides strategic objectives and actions needed to achieve the overarching goal of conservation and sustainable use"

"This Policy on White Shark Cage diving ("WSCD") is intended to provide guidance to the processing and decision making on permit allocations for WSCD operating permits. this policy must be read with the current Regulations for the management of WSCD (Government Notice R725 in Government Gazetter 31212 of 4 July 2008) ("the WSCD Regulations"). The aim of this policy is to outline objectives and criteria for the permits in the WSCD industry. This policy does not cover consumptive use of shark species. the consumptive use of shark species is regulated through the Marine Living Resources Act, 1998 (Act No. 18 of 1998)."

BBWW Policy (PDF) WSCD Policy (PDF)

 


Additional Documents

Marine Living Resources Act- Act No. 10 of 1998

Legislation: MLRA

Regulations for Management of Boat Based Whale Watching and Protection of Turtles
Government Notice R725 in Government Gazetter 31212 (4 July 2008) 

View Regulation (PDF)