SA Small-Scale Fisheries Association spokesperson Pedro Garcia said: “It is my view that the stakeholder engagement with the ministers went very well. It concluded with the minister stating that the department must realise they are there to serve the people and not the people to serve them.”
However, managing director at Feike, a Cape Town-based natural resources advisory firm, Shaheen Moolla said: “The calling of such an open ‘stakeholder’ meeting was extremely unwise and misguided.
“The minister should have been advised to instead meet with each industry body recognised to represent sectors of our fishing industry under the Marine Living Resources Act.”
During the open discussion with the stakeholders, Creecy said she was advised not to include all sectors, but decided to go against the advice.