Cabinet approves lower TAC ahead of fishing season

21 Oct 2015 18:20pm
WINDHOEK, 21 OCT (NAMPA) – The Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Tjekero Tweya has announced that the Total Allowable Catch (TAC) for the 2016 fishing season has been reduced following a decision taken by Cabinet.
Addressing a media briefing here on Wednesday, Tweya said Cabinet made the endorsements in terms of Section 38(2) of the Marine Resources Act 2000 (Act No. 2000), as amended.
The Total Allowable Catch (TAC) for Horse Mackerel is to be set at 335 000 metric tonnes (MT) for the 2016 fishing season.
Horse mackerel stock has been at a TAC of 350 000 MT over the past three years.
Meanwhile, the total Rock Lobster TAC will be set at 250 MT for the 2015/16 fishing season.
Currently the 2014/15 TAC for rock lobster fishing season is at 300 MT.
Hake will be set at a TAC of 140 000 MT for the 2015/16 fishing season which also comes into effect from 01 November 2015.
The TAC in 2013/14 was 140 000 MT but increased to 210 000 MT in 2014/15. The increase in the latter was due to an 18-month break that allowed the stock to reproduce.
The TAC for Crab was however increased and set at 3 446 MT for the 2016 fishing season.
Crab stocks have been at a TAC of about 3 150 MT over the past three years.
The decisions taken by Cabinet will come into effect as from 01 November 2015.