Offshore Trawl Bycatch Fishery Conservation Project

A Fishery Conservation Project (FCP) between the South African Deep-Sea Trawl Industry Association (SADSTIA) and the WWF-SA was launched in April 2016 with the aim of addressing the impacts that the offshore demersal hake trawl fishery has on key by-catch species.

hake inshore trawl fishery conservation project

The South African offshore and inshore trawl sectors nominally target hake (Merluccius capensis and Merluccius paradoxus) and Agulhas sole (Austroglossus pectoralis). The sectors are one of South Africa’s largest with the catch annual market value worth approximately $6 million USD.