In South Africa, approximately 312 million kilograms of fish is consumed each year through formal markets supplied by commercial fisheries. Additionally, many coastal communities fish for subsistence and recreationally for domestic consumption. Increasing consumer demand, pollution and impacts of climate change threatens both fish stocks and the marine ecosystems that sustain them. Sustainable fishing practices can secure the integrity and quality of South Africa’s marine and coastal ecosystems.
Fisheries officers work closely with national environmental and law enforcement protection agencies in surveillance and enforcement. They sometimes work in harsh physical and sometimes even hostile environments. They can work aboard fishing vessels for long periods, returning to an office environment to report on fishing activities.
Fisheries officers need to have a sound knowledge of fish species and a comprehensive understanding of the laws and regulations that govern the fishing industry, coupled with:
Identify and classify marine and estuarine fish species biological and environmental characteristics
Report on activities for subsistence, recreational and commercial fishing
Enforce compliance of fishing regulations and laws
Communicate and advise external bodies, stakeholders and the public
B.Sc., B.Sc. (Hons), M.Sc. in Ichthyology and Fisheries Science at RU
B.Sc., B.Sc. (Hons), M.Sc. in Marine Biology at UCT and UKZN
B.Sc., B.Sc. (Hons), M.Sc. in Biological Sciences specialising in Botany or Zoology at all universities
Diploma and Advanced Diploma in Marine Science at CPUT
National, provincial and local government in coastal areas.
NGOs, community-based and development organisations and private consultancies.