The title of Tracy Meintjies 2015 research is ‘The occurrence and frequency of permit non-compliance by resource users on Knysna estuary.’ For us lay people, i’ve reduced it to the ‘Bait and Fishing Licensing Report’. Hopefully, she’ll forgive me 🙂
The goal was to “determine the level on compliance by shore and boat anglers regarding the relevant bait and fish licensing”. This included subsistence, recreational and commercial fishers.
It was found that:
- 81% of shore anglers had a fishing permit.
- 72% of shore anglers had a bait permit.
- 91% of boat anglers had a fishing permit.
- 96% of boat anglers had a bait permit.
“The number of anglers who had angling catch was very low at 10% of shore anglers and 13% of boat anglers encountered having caught and kept a fish prior to the interview. However, the number of people with bait catch was much higher with 69% of shore anglers and 91% of boat anglers carrying bait harvested within the estuary.”
I add that it’s worrying that the poor catches are indicative of fish stocks not replenishing, a complaint that has increased over the years i.e. fishing in the Knysna Estuary is not what it used to be. It’s thus even more worrying that half of the catches were undersized fish.
However, the intention of the survey was compliancy. With the exception of bait, the results were very positive.
You can read the full report here.