CAPE TOWN - Environment, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Barbara Creecy has approved the lifting of the temporary suspension of the exploratory octopus fishery in Cape Town's False Bay.
It will be lifted next Friday, her office said.
The ban was introduced in late June after concerns were raised that whales were entangled in octopus fishing gear and died, and the lifting of the ban is accompanied by licence conditions that force fishers to take mitigation measures.
These include bottom lines consisting entirely of sinking ropes, moving buoys from the top of the line to the bottom, sheathing the top two metres of the buoy line and placing time-release mechanisms on the buoy.
The ministry said it decided on these and lifting the ban after consultations with the scientific community and fishing stakeholders.