Department Of Agriculture Fisheries And Forestry Waybill

Department Of Agriculture Fisheries And Forestry Waybill

Department Of Agriculture Fisheries And Forestry Waybill, A waybill is sometimes referred to as a bill of lading, also known as packing slip, delivery note, shipping list, or a packing list. Its primary purpose is to provide information about a shipment. It may also act as a receipt for the payment or rendering of shipping services.

Monitoring Control and Surveillance (MCS)


The Directorate Compliance draws its mandate from the Marine Living Resources Act (MLRA) 18 of 1998, and its regulations. The area of responsibility stretches from Port Nolloth on the West Coast to Punto D’ Oro on the East Coast; approximately 3200km.

Fishery Sectors Monitored And Inspected By Compliance

Hake longline
Hake trawl
Hake Handline
Large Pelagic
Shark longline
Swordfish longline
Small Pelagic
Rocklobster commercial
West Coast
South Coast Rocklobster
Traditional Linefish
Recreational and Subsistence Fishers
East coast rock lobster, West coast rock lobster, mussels, line fish
Responsibilities of the fishery control officers (FCOS)

Inspection of local commercial Fishing Vessels at landings sites

  • Fishery Control Officers are informed of the vessel’s intentions of sailing to and from fishing grounds at all times.
  • Verify if Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) is reporting to the Department.
  • Ensure Right holders/ Representatives are on board the vessel during fishing operations.
  • At landing point ensure all fish landed from the vessels is monitored.
  • Reconcile catches to determine if rights holders fish quota allocation is not exceeded
  • Refer serious and repeated offences and over-catching to Section 28 committee per fishing season

Inspection of Foreign fishing and fish carrier vessels

  • Three different permits are required by foreign vessels that are involved in fishing activities: Exclusive economic zone (EEZ) permit with gear, EEZ permit and Transhipment permit.
  • 24 hr notification by vessel agencies should be sent to FCOs prior vessels arrival in the port
  • During inspection, document verification such as original fishing permits from flag states; and verifying fish species onboard and fishing gear in accordance with their flag state fishing permits.
  • Ensure that the vessels are complaint with applicable Regional Fisheries Management Organisations (RFMOs) management measures
  • During fish offloading the process is being monitored and all fish is weighed per species.
  • Determine if offloaded fish is imported or is in transit via RSA for another country. If fish is imported; a valid import permit should be available on sight for inspection
  • Undeclared and excess fish according to issued permit is confiscated by the FCOs
  • Fines are issued for minor offences and case dockets are opened and registered for serious and repeated offences.
  • Detected serious offences are referred to RFMOs for recommendations for Black listing as (illegal, unregulated and unreported) IUU vessel.

Reducing by-catch as the percentage of hake longline

  • Check by-catch against total hake landings, particularly Kingklip
  • Hake long line catch landings are monitored at all times

Intensifying enforcement compliance
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  • Conduct inspections on Fish Processing Establishments (FPEs) to determine legality of fish in the establishment
  • Monitor slipways and harbours
  • Notices are served to illegal FPEs and a grace period of two months is granted. FPEs that did not comply with the served notice are shut down.
  • Conduct Coastal Patrols, Road blocks and Vehicle Control Points (VCPs) with or without partners
  • Inspect restaurants and fish shops through to determine the legality of supplier

Entry and Exit Points

  • Airport and Harbour inspections are carried out by checking exported and imported marine products.
  • Verification of import and export documents
  • Export/import permit, waybill, health certificate and certificate of origin are verified.

Formal and informal partnerships with other agencies

Formal partners in enforcement

  • City of Cape Town
  • Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife
  • Table Mountain National Parks
  • Swellendam Municipality
  • South African Revenue Services & Customs

Informal partners in enforcement

  • Eastern Cape Parks Boards
  • Ndlambe Municipality
  • South African Police Services
  • TRAFFIC, an NGO under WWF
  • South African National Defence Force

Contact information
Director Compliance: Ms Fatima Savel
Telephone Number : 021 402 3539

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