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Public Notice: SASSI International Species DRAFTCOLOURS

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Dear SASSI stakeholders,

WWF-SASSI has recently compiled draft WWF-SASSI assessments for a number of priority species imported into South Africa for inclusion onto the WWF-SASSI list and consumer tools. Per the attached WWF-SASSI Wildcapture protocol (see international species subheading), interested and affected parties are hereby notified of the draft assessment outcome.

Interested parties are hereby invited to submit comments regarding the species up for review this year via email at sassi@wwf.org.za. WWF-SA recommends that comments be substantiated by appropriate scientific documents, such as government scientific working group documents or peer-reviewed journal papers. For further information, please read the attached assessment protocol and visit the WWF-SASSI website (http://www.wwfsassi.co.za/?m=1).

This period for public comment period for these species shall extend for 30 days and, thus, close at 5pm on Monday, 13 March 2017.

Regards,

WWF-SASSI

 

INTERNATIONAL FISHERIES – DRAFT SASSI ASSESSMENTS

Species Country/Region (fao area) Fishing Method Draft Colour
Crab, Blue swimming(Portunus pelagicus) Indonesia (51, 57) Demersal Otter Trawl RED
Herring(Clupea harengus) FAO 27 (ICES IIIa, ICES IV, ICES VIId) Midwater Trawl GREEN
Herring(Clupea harengus) FAO 27 (ICES IIIa, ICES IIIbc, ICES 24) Midwater Trawl GREEN
Herring(Clupea harengus) FAO 27 (ICES 25-29, 32) Midwater Trawl GREEN
Herring(Clupea harengus) FAO 27 (ICES 28.1 -Gulf of Riga) Midwater Trawl GREEN
Herring(Clupea harengus) FAO 27 (Norwegian Spawning Spring Stock) Midwater Trawl GREEN
Herring(Clupea harengus) FAO 27 (ICES 30) Midwater Trawl GREEN
Herring(Clupea harengus) FAO 27 (ICES 31) Midwater Trawl GREEN
Herring(Clupea harengus) FAO 27 (ICES VIIa, g-k: Irish, Celtic sea, South of Ireland) Midwater Trawl GREEN
Herring(Clupea harengus) FAO 27 (ICES VIa, ICES VIIb, ICES VIIc) Midwater Trawl ORANGE
Herring(Clupea harengus) 27 (ICES Va: Iceland and East Greenland EEZ) Purse seine GREEN
Herring(Clupea harengus) 27 (ICES IIIa, ICES IV, ICES VIId: North Sea) Purse seine GREEN
Herring(Clupea harengus) 27 (Norwegian Spawning Spring Stock) Purse seine GREEN
Herring(Clupea harengus) FAO 27 (ICES VIa, ICES VIIb, ICES VIIc) Purse Seine ORANGE
Prawn, Cold water(Pandalus borealis) Norway (27) Demersal Otter Trawl ORANGE
Prawn, Indian(Litopenaeus vannamei) India (04) Farmed – Pond ORANGE (BAP 4 STAR)
Prawn, Indian(Litopenaeus vannamei) India (04) Farmed – Pond RED (BAP 2 STAR)
Prawn, Indian(Litopenaeus vannamei) Thailand (71) Farmed – Open recirculating RED
Prawn, Pink
(Haliporoides triarthrus)
Mozambique Offshore Demersal Trawl RED
Shrimp, Indian(Parapenaeopsis stylifera) India (51) Farmed – Pond RED
Sprat/ Brisling Sardine(Sprattus sprattus) FAO 27 (ICES IV) Midwater Trawl GREEN
Sprat/ Brisling Sardine(Sprattus sprattus) FAO 27 (ICES VIIa,b) Midwater Trawl ORANGE
Sprat/ Brisling Sardine(Sprattus sprattus) FAO 27 (ICES 22 -32) Midwater Trawl ORANGE
Sprat/ Brisling Sardine(Sprattus sprattus) FAO 27 (IIIa) Midwater Trawl ORANGE
Sprat/ Brisling Sardine(Sprattus sprattus) FAO 27 (VI, VIIa-c, VIIf-k) Midwater Trawl GREEN
Sprat/ Brisling Sardine(Sprattus sprattus) FAO 27 (VIId,e) Midwater Trawl GREEN
Squid, Argentine shortfin(Illex argentines) South Western Atlantic and Falklands (41) Jigging GREEN
Squid, Argentine shortfin(Illex argentines) South Western Atlantic and Falklands(41) Midwater Trawl ORANGE
Squid, European(Todarodes sagittatus) Europe (FAO 27) Jigging GREEN
Squid, European(Todarodes sagittatus) Europe (FAO 34) Jigging GREEN
Squid, Giant(Dosidicus gigas) Peru & Chile Jigging GREEN
Squid, Japanese Flying(Todarodes pacificus) North West Pacific (61) Jigging ORANGE
Squid, Japanese Flying(Todarodes pacificus) North West Pacific (61) Midwater Trawl ORANGE
Squid, Patagonian (Doryteuthis gahi – formally Loligo gahi) Peru, Argentina & Falklands (41, 87) Jigging GREEN
Squid, Patagonian (Doryteuthis gahi – formally Loligo gahi) Peru, Argentina & Falklands (41, 87) Demersal Otter Trawl ORANGE
Tuna, Skipjack(Katsuwonus pelamis) Eastern Atlantic Ocean (27, 34, 47) FAD-associated purse seine RED
Tuna, Skipjack(Katsuwonus pelamis) Eastern Atlantic Ocean (27, 34, 47) Non–FAD-associated purse seine ORANGE
Tuna, Skipjack(Katsuwonus pelamis) Eastern Atlantic Ocean (27, 34, 47) Pole & line ORANGE
Tuna, Skipjack(Katsuwonus pelamis) Eastern Pacific Ocean (77, 81, 87) FAD-associated purse seine ORANGE
Tuna, Skipjack(Katsuwonus pelamis) Eastern Pacific Ocean (77, 81, 87) Non–FAD-associated purse seine ORANGE
Tuna, Skipjack(Katsuwonus pelamis) Indian Ocean (51, 57) FAD-associated purse seine ORANGE
Tuna, Skipjack(Katsuwonus pelamis) Indian Ocean (51, 57) Gill nets RED
Tuna, Skipjack(Katsuwonus pelamis) Indian Ocean (51, 57) Non–FAD-associated purse seine ORANGE
Tuna, Skipjack(Katsuwonus pelamis) Indian Ocean (51, 57) Pole & Line ORANGE
Tuna, Skipjack(Katsuwonus pelamis) Western Atlantic Ocean (21, 31, 41) Non–FAD-associated purse seine ORANGE
Tuna, Skipjack(Katsuwonus pelamis) Western Atlantic Ocean (21, 31, 41) Pole & Line ORANGE
Tuna, Skipjack(Katsuwonus pelamis) Western & Central Pacific Ocean (61, 71, 77, 81) FAD-associated purse seine ORANGE
Tuna, Skipjack(Katsuwonus pelamis) Western & Central Pacific Ocean (61, 71, 77, 81) Non–FAD-associated purse seine GREEN
Tuna, Skipjack(Katsuwonus pelamis) Western & Central Pacific Ocean (61, 71, 77, 81) Pole & Line GREEN

 

Public Notification: SASSI Draft Colours 2017

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Dear SANCOR & SASSI community,

WWF-SASSI has recently conducted draft WWF-SASSI assessments for a number of priority South African species for inclusion onto the WWF-SASSI list and consumer tools. Per the attached WWF-SASSI assessment protocol, interested and affected parties are hereby notified of the draft assessment outcome.

Interested parties are hereby invited to submit comments regarding the species up for review this year via email at sassi@wwf.org.za. WWF-SA recommends that comments be substantiated by appropriate scientific documents, such as government scientific working group documents or peer-reviewed journal papers. Only substantiated comments will be considered for purposes of altering any assessment outcome. For further information, please read the attached assessment protocol and visit the WWF-SASSI website (http://wwfsassi.co.za/).

This period for public comment period for these species shall extend for 30 days and, thus, close at 5 p.m. on 17 February 2017. Please note that WWF-SA shall also provide a forthcoming list of international species to be included in the WWF-SASSI list later this year.

WWF-SASSI Wildcapture protocol

Regards,

WWF-SASSI

 

SOUTH AFRICAN FISHERIES – DRAFT 2017 ASSESSMENTS

FISHERY SPECIES DRAFT COLOUR
Hake Inshore trawl Agulhas sole (Austroglossus pectoralis) RED
Hake Inshore trawl Biscuit Skates (Raja straeleni) RED
Hake Inshore trawl Carpenter (Argyrozona argyrozona) ORANGE
Hake Inshore trawl Cape Dory (Zeus capensis) ORANGE
Hake Inshore trawl Gurnards (Chelidonichthys capensis) ORANGE
Hake Inshore trawl Panga (Pterogymnus laniarus) RED
Hake Inshore trawl Red Stumpnose (Chrysoblephus gibbiceps) RED
Hake Inshore trawl White Stumpnose (Rhabdosargus globiceps) RED
Hake Offshore trawl Gurnards (Chelidonichthys capensis) ORANGE
Pelagic longline Yellowfin Tuna – Atlantic Ocean (Thunnus albacares) RED
Pelagic longline Yellowfin Tuna – Indian Ocean (Thunnus albacares) RED
Purse seine Anchovy (Engraulis encrasicolus) GREEN
Purse seine Red-eye round herring (Etrumeus whiteheadi) GREEN
Purse seine Sardine (Sardinops sagax) ORANGE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

West Coast Rock Lobster is now RED LISTED

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Dear SASSI community,

WWF-SASSI has finalised the WWF-SASSI assessment for West Coast Rock Lobster for inclusion onto the WWF-SASSI list and consumer tools.

The SANCOR community and the public were provided extensive opportunity to comment on the draft assessment per the WWF-SASSI notifications to the SANCOR community and WWF-SASSI stakeholders on the 8th November 2016. WWF-SASSI has now completed the review process, incorporating public comments and an external review process for this species. The public, including interested and affected parties, are hereby notified of the final assessment outcome listed below.

Due to urgent action being required to raise public awareness of the dire state of the WCRL resource, the WWF-SASSI WCRL assessment was incorporated onto the WWF-SASSI website and the WWF-SASSI app, the physical WWF-SASSI consumer facing materials (pocket card and poster) will be updated in February 2017.

For further information, visit the WWF-SASSI website (http://wwfsassi.co.za/), and/or send us a message at sassi@wwf.org.za. Thank you for your support and participation in the WWF-SASSI assessment process!

Regards,

:: WWF-SASSI (Southern African Sustainable Seafood Initiative)::

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Boundary Terraces

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Tel: +27 21 657 6600

Fax: 086 535 9433 Email: sassi@wwf.org.za

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SOUTH AFRICAN FISHERIES – FINAL 2016 ASSESSMENT OUTCOME

 

FISHERY SPECIES FINAL COLOUR
Pots, traps, hoops West Coast rock lobster (Jasus lalandii) Red

Marine Week launch of the WWF-SA Oceans Economy Report

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Amidst an audience of over 132 distinguished guest, several journalists and keynote speaker Mr Trevor Manuel, WWF-South Africa in partnership with Pick’n Pay launched an exciting and comprehensive report on the South African’s ocean economy: facts and futures at the Two Oceanswwf-ocean-facts-and-futures-4pp Aquarium.

The report, which collates the findings of relevant research from across multiple sectors, offers a snapshot of the state of South Africa’s oceans in 2016. It highlights both the socioeconomic value of the goods and services provided by the ocean and some of the key ecological trends and indicators. The report’s ocean scorecard highlights that many of South Africa’s marine resources are currently overexploited, which results in a loss of potential food protein, livelihoods and income, as well the loss of the traditional fishing culture associated with South Africa’s coastal communities.

On the positive side, the report also showcases some of the best-practice solutions that WWF and others are implementing – such as the Southern African Sustainable Seafood Iniwwf-oceans-facts-and-future1pptiative (WWF-SASSI) campaign to encourage consumption of sustainably sourced seafood. As a result of consumer pressure, many of South Africa’s major retailers and seafood restaurant chains have set ambitious sustainability targets and, according to the report, are well on their way to meeting them. The report clears illustrates that marine ecosystems underpin human survival and development, from the air we breathe to the food we eat.

If you would like to download the report, please www.wwf.org.za

Reality of Seabed Mining

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In 2012 and 2014, the Department of Mineral Resources granted three prospecting rights for marine phosphate to private companies.

These rights extend over a considerable portion of South Africa’s marine environment, together covering more than 150 000 km2, approximately 10% of our exclusive economic zone. Since prospecting rights are being granted there is every indication that marine mining will become a reality. The type of technology employed for seabed mining, Trailing Suction Hopper-Dredge (TSHD) has not been tested anywhere else in the world and is comparable to strip mining the sea floor at an alarming rate. This process creates a giant plume of toxic sediment that buries and smothers marine ecosystems.

Of critical concern, the socio-economic impacts of seabed mining have not been assessed. Finally, our current legal and governance framework is inadequate for dealing with bulk marine sediment mining. In response to these concerns, a group of organisations formed a coalition.

The Safeguard our Seabed main objective of the coalition is to pursue a moratorium, or ban, on bulk marine sediment mining in South Africa.

 

West Coast “Red” Lobster

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Beneath the waters off the western coast of South Africa, an epic struggle for survival is ongoing by one of South Africa’s most iconic marine species, the West Coast Rock Lobster (Jasus lalandii). This species, prized for its flavourful meat and relative ease of catching, is the subject of rampant, illegal fishing that is threatening the species’ very survival and the fishers who depend on it.  The team at WWF-SASSI is doing all it can to bring attention to the issue and work with stakeholders to turn the tide for the lobsters. WWF-SASSI released a draft red-listing for WCRL in 2016 because the resource is sitting precariously close to collapse.

As one of South Africa’s oldest and most important commercial fisheries, the WCRL fishery provides direct employment to an estimated 4 100 people and has an annual turnover of around R530 million. But, with stock levels currently sitting at 2.5% of their historical size, largely as a result of overfishing and increasing levels of illegal harvesting, there has been growing concern from all sides that the resource is facing a complete collapse unless we can change its current trajectory.

Against this backdrop, WWF South Africa (WWF-SA), the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) and stakeholders have been collaborating on a Fisheries Conservation Project (FCP) for the WCRL fishery. The FCP aims to move the fishery back towards healthier stock levels and create the improvements needed to support a SASSI green listing in years to come.

 

Woolworths makes Waves

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wwbeachcleanupkznThe International Coastal Clean Up was a huge success for South African coastlines. This event sponsored by Woolworths South Africa, took place around the country on Saturday 17 September 2016. Scholars and volunteers as young as six years old braved the cold morning in Cape Town and Durban and tackled the mammoth task of how ridding the beaches of litter. In Durban, Woolworths teamed up with uShaka Marine World. and hosted over twenty schools with an overall coastal clean up team of five hundred people.

In Cape Town, SASSI, the MSC (Marine Stewardship Council) and Plastics wwbeachcleanup1SA and were given a platform at this event to speak on sustainable seafood, eco-labelling and other marine issues. A huge congratulations to everyone involved!

 

SASSI tackles Gauteng

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melisha_newsletterWith the current plight of dwindling fish populations and exploitation of fisheries both globally and nationally, WWF-SASSI aims to make its mark in the sustainable seafood hub in Gauteng. As South Africa’s economic gold mine, Gauteng’s seafood industry is fast growing and high demanding.

Creating awareness on sustainable seafood is pivotal to making a marked change in how we as consumers, retailers and restaurants view seafood. Implementing SASSI friendly measures that ensure we make the green choice and question the source of our seafood is high on the agenda to develop a food conscious society.

Some of Gauteng’s top chefs have already volunteered to be a SASSI ambassador and some new and exciting news is to follow.

The newest member to the WWF-SASSI team is Master of Science Wits graduate, Melisha Nagiah (pictured above ). With a tenacious and passionate spirit, the Johannesburg based SASSI Programme Officer is motivated to bring about effected change in the consumer and retailer market ensuring we are all committed to creating and maintaining a sustainable seafood industry.

SASSI celebrates Mandela Day

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Inspired by Mandela’s legacy and his commitment to social jukmbeachcleanstice and human wellbeing, WWF South Africa’s employees rolled up their sleeves to work at various community projects across the country, contributing their 67 minutes to society to uphold Madiba’s legacy.

In the southern peninsula of Cape Town, a team of committed WWF graduate interns from WWF’s co-ordinated a group activity for about 40 WWF staff at Kommetjie’s Masiphumelele informal settlement, the home of the Masakhane Educare Centre for early childhood development. WWF teamed up with the BGCMA, GIZ, Witzenberg Municipality and litter in the polluted Wabooms River for Mandela Day.

From inland Ceres to coastal Kleinmond, residents of this fishing town have been pooling resources to clean up their coastline. Mandela Day was the town’s second demonstration of community spirit in 2016, following the Kleinmond Harbour Clean Up Day on 4 June which saw locals, equipped with garden tools and refuse bags, clearing litter around Kleinmond’s popular harbour. In Gauteng, a few of our pandas joined the Minister of Water and Sanitation on Jukskei river clean-up campaign in Alexandra.

All of these Mandela Day activities are connected to WWF’s on-going work with communities which aligns with one of WWF-SA’s strategic goals to ensure that healthy ecosystems underpin social and economic well being.

“Freedom alone is not enough without light to read at night, without time or access to water to irrigate your farm, without the ability to catch fish to feed your family.” Nelson Mandela

SASSI Trailblazer Chef Awards 2016

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tbchefs2016Six of South Africa’s finest cuisine masters have been crowned as SASSI Trailblazer Chefs for 2016. Each of the winners are accomplished in their own right. These six individuals have gone above and beyond in their kitchens to create and maintain a sustainable seafood hub within their industry.

The winners for 2016 are chefs Andrea Burgener (The Leopard), Carl van Rooyen (Vineyard Hotel), Claire Blinkhorn-Street (Haute Cabriere), Constantijn Hahndiek (Hartford), Leon Coetzee (Kurland Hotel) and Simon Ash (The Fat Fish).

Congratulations to these game changing chefs!