Foreword by Chairman
The South African Hake Longline Association (SAHLLA) was formally recognized by the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries as an Industrial Body in terms of Section 8(1) of the Marine Living Resources Act in November of 2011.
Full executive authority of SAHLLA rests with the National Executive Committee, who in turn is guided and supported by members of the West Coast Chamber (Cape Agulhas to Port Nolloth) and South and East Coast Chamber (Cape Agulhas to East London). Mr Redah De Maine currently chairs the South and East Coast Chamber whilst the West Coast Chamber and National Executive Committee is Chaired by Mr Clyde Bodenham.
Our aims and objectives as set out in our Constitution are:
- To be recognised as an Industrial Body.
- To interact, advocate and protect the interest of the Hake Long Line Fishery and Rights Holders, and to liaise with the Fishing Sector on matters of mutual interest.
- To participate in fisheries management committees of the Department of Agriculture, Forestry & Fisheries (DAFF), and make contribution towards sound fisheries management. To assist DAFF with the ongoing research, forwarding data on a regular basis to its research institute, and assisting the assessment of exploitation levels of hake stock. To assist DAFF with vessel monitoring, observers and appointing certain discharge points, as well as assisting with funding.
- To promote sound resource management programs, taking into account the evidence of scientific impact of various user groups on the resource, economy and environment. To promote effective compliance, policing and monitoring of the entire Republic of South African coastline and its resource.
- To practice and promote conservation of our hake resources, with the objective of long-term optimal utilisation.
- Form a database, and create interaction between fisheries and processors, to create a high level of quality control, and to maintain a good market.
Membership to the Association is open to all Companies which have been allocated a Right to fish for hake by longline method pursuant to Section 18 of the Marine Living Resources Act. A decision was taken by the members to extend this membership criterion to all vessel owning entities active in the hake longline sector.
As the recognized hake longline body in South Africa, we are unsurpassed in terms of our membership and credentials. A solid foundation has been developed and will continue to be built upon in the years to come.