On 30 November 2018, DAFF’s deputy director-general, Siphokazi Ndudane determined a portion of 27 670 tons of Horse Mackerel total allowable catch (TAC) to the midwater trawl fishery for the 2019 fishing season.

DAFF minister Senzeni Zokwana is evaluating appeals submitted in the Horse Mackerel fishing sector and fishermen currently holding permits are advised that their allocations will be cut by 50%.

This decision aims to keep current operations going while making sure there will be enough TAC available to accommodate successful appellants. Once the appeals have been dealt with by the minister, the balance of the TAC will be distributed among right holders. The appeals process in the Horse Mackerel sector should be over by the end of February.

According to DAFF, an independent forensic company will be appointed to investigate the accuracy of the information submitted by all successful applicants for fishing rights. Applicants who have provided false information or false documents or failed to disclose material information or sought to influence the minister and/or the delegated authority, may have their rights suspended or cancelled. – Press release