Barbara Creecy the Minister of the Environment, Forestry and Fisheries has approved the lifting of the suspension of octopus fishery in False Bay, Cape Town with effect from 15 November 2019.The department placed a temporary ban on the exploratory octopus fishery on 28 June 2019, following concerns over the mortalities of whales in octopus fishing gear. Permit holders would need to follow a few measures to continue fishing.
The Measures to continue octopus fishing is:
- The bottom line should consist of entirely of sinking ropes
- The chain on the buoy line must be moved from the top of the line to the bottom
- There must be sheathing of the top 2 metres of the buoy line with PVC piping/tubing
- The buoy must be mounted on the bottom with timed released mechanisms
False Bay, Cape Town Octopus fishery will be able to start fishing for octopus starting the 15 November 2019.