The Department of Fisheries will investigate whether the 600 tons of squid found on foreign trawlers over the weekend was caught in South African seas.
Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Senzeni Zokwana says that the department will determine where the squid was fished from and begin a process of charging thereafter.
We are going to deal with that thoroughly, if they don't have permits to be in our waters.— Senzeni Zokwana, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
The South African Navy helped the department capture three Chinese fishing vessels, after they were discovered illegally fishing on the coast of East London at the weekend.
According to Zokwana, the department has worked hard to monitor the vessels in South African waters.
We check if it is licensed and permitted to be fishing. We can even tell if its fishing or merely [sailing] through.— Senzeni Zokwana, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
He says the protection of marine resources is an important part of fast tracking development through Operation Phakisa.
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