Illegally caught fish donated

11 February 2019 | Fishing

Illegal catches confiscated by the authorities from anglers along the coast over the festive season were donated to old age homes, a school and an institution caring for children with disabilities.

The surveillance unit in the ministry’s directorate of operations at Walvis Bay confiscated various fish species of various sizes over the festive season at road blocks and during routine coastal patrols.

Chief fisheries inspector Gabes Shekutambe explained that the fish were kept in a freezer at the offices of the ministry in Walvis Bay.

“We destroy fish not fit for human consumption and distribute the rest to charities. We also issued approximately 217 fines and made a few arrests for various violations of the Marine Resources Act over the festive period.”

The ministry of fisheries handed out 74 cob larger than 70 cm in size to the Kuisebmond old age home and to the senior citizens group in Narraville. Seaside Primary School received 10,3 kg galjoen, two steenbras, 40 kg whole kob and 25 kg fillets.

A total of 145 lobsters were also donated. The Lions old age home received 46 rock lobsters, the Antonius Residenz Old Age Home 46 and Prinzessin Ruprecht Heim 53.

Previous beneficiaries of similar handovers include Antonius Residenz Trust, Marie Douglas Heim, Lions Old Age Home, Tears of Hope, C.H.A.I.N. and Palm Garden old age home.

Government authorises the donation of fish still fit for human consumption to old age homes, hospitals, hostels, welfare organizations and needy communities in terms of the State Finance Act (Act 31 of 1991).

Regulations related to the exploitation of Marine Resources, made in terms of section 61 (1) of the Marine Resources Act, No. 27 of 2000 govern the harvesting of marine resources for recreational purposes. These regulations made in terms of section 61(1) of the new Marine Resources Act came into force on the 1st August 2001 and was amended on 7th December 2001.