Commercial Fishing Permit

Policies have been aimed at transforming commercial fishing to ensure equitable access to fishing rights for previously disadvantaged communities.

The Fisheries division of the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) is the relevant authority for recreational and commercial fishing activities along the coast. DAFF is responsible for the authorisations of coastal use permits.


Permit Applications

A permit is required for the harvesting of any living marine or estuarine organism irrespective of whether it is for recreational, commercial or subsistence purposes. Applications for both small scale inshore fisheries as well as offshore large scale fisheries can be obtained from the DAFF website (see links under Additional Information).

DAFF: PERMITS
Department Name Number Email
National Fisheries
Management
S. Ndundane 021 402 3019 siphokazin@
daff.gov.za
Offshore & High Seas Fisheries Saasa Pheeha 021 402 3574
082 558 5837
SaasaP@daff.gov.za
Small Scale Fisheries Craig Smith 021 402 3344 CraigS@daff.gov.za
Inshore Fisheries Management Dennis Fredericks 021 402 3187
074 155 6333
DennisF@daff.gov.za
DAFF Fisheries Call Centre 086 000 3474  

 

DAFF Fisheries Compliance

Compliance

The Directorate Compliance draws its mandate from the Marine Living Resources Act (MLRA) 18 of 1998, and its regulations. The area of responsibility stretches from Port Nolloth on the West Coast to Ponta D’ Ouro on the East Coast; approximately 3200km. 

Monitoring and enforcement 
It is to provide for the conservation of the marine ecosystem, the long term sustainable utilization of the marine living resources and the orderly access to exploitation, utilization and protection of certain marine living resources; and to exercise control over the marine living resources in a fair and equitable manner so as to benefit all the citizens of South Africa.

Who to Contact
DAFF
Contact Number
Delricia Augustus
(Deputy Director EC and KZN)
072 988 1876 
Lungile Nodwala
(Assistant Director NEC, assisting KZN)
082 829 3907
Thanduxolo Ntshangase
(Acting Assistant Director KZN- landing, operational etc)
079 444 9951
Siphokazi Ndundane
(National Fisheries Management)
021 402 3019 
Fatima Savel
(Director Compliance)
021 402 3539 
Nkosinathi Dana
(Director of Monitoring and Surveillance)
021 402 3211 
General Contact Number021 402 3911 

Hotline/tip-off number for permit / license holders that are in contravention of the MLRA: 028 313 2703


Additional Information

Application Forms

Application Conditions

DAFF