Fisheries Sector of South Africa
South Africa has well established fishery sector & is currently net exporter of fishery products.
However, most South African fisheries are considered to be fully utilized & high value fisheries such as abalone, prawns & linefish are largely over-exploited.
Projected increase in demand for high end fisheries products provides an opportunity for substantial increases in aquaculture production.
South Africa’s commercial fishery industry is valued at about R2 billion annually & employs 22, 000people
Total annual fish production from marine fisheries is more than 600 000tons
FAO –world’s commercial fish stock are fully exploited, over exploited or depleted