Code of conduct fosters new era of cooperation
A Code of Conduct signed by SADSTIA and the South African Hake Longline Association (SAHLLA) aims to dramatically reduce conflicts between trawlers and longline fishing vessels that target hake on the same fishing grounds.
In the past, longline fishing gear has been lost when trawlers have mistakenly trawled over it resulting in claims against trawling companies.
The Code of Conduct sets out a protocol for vessels to follow on the trawl grounds. It requires a vessel’s officers to use visual contact, radar or the maritime identification system AIS, to determine whether there are any other vessels in the area before they begin fishing.
Each skipper must announce via VHF radio their intention to begin fishing and provide their approximate start position and the course that their vessel will take [prior to gear deployment.