Nica Richards
Deputy online news editor
4 minute read
8 Jun 2020
4:04 pm

Fishing sustainably essential to marine life

Nica Richards

Fish can recover from being over-exploited, but only if fishing practices are managed, by-catch is reduced, and protected areas continue to thrive, SAAMBR said this World Oceans Day.

Sustainable fishing. Picture: Judy Mann

Roughly 50,000km2 of South Africa’s marine ecosystems and habitats are now official marine protected areas (MPAs). For South African Association for Marine Biological Research (SAAMBR) conservation strategist, Dr Judy Mann, this is something to celebrate, especially on World Oceans Day. 5% of South Africa’s Exclusive Economic Zone, which includes about 85% of the country’s diverse marine ecosystems and habitats, protects a total of 41 MPAs. This means protecting an area of ocean more than twice the size of the Kruger National Park, Mann enthused. This is a solid step in the right direction for South Africa’s marine life conservation efforts,...