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Just out: Review of the causes of the rise of the illegal South African abalone fishery and consequent closure of the rights-based fishery
South Africa - 27 July 2011

Abstract. The rise of organised illegal fishing and trade in abalone from the late 1990s destabilised South Africa’s historically stable, quota-managed fishery, culminating in its closure in 2008. The development of the fishery is described in a historical context, including the evolution of South Africa’s science-based abalone fishery management system. The diverse suite of responses deployed to combat illegal fishing and the black market trade in abalone are reviewed, including;- fishery reform to expand rights to a greater number of previously disadvantaged fishers, a territorial user rights fishery (TURF) system, special compliance operations and courts, the CITES listing of abalone, and the serial reduction in the TAC, culminating in the controversial and legally contested closure of the fishery.

The main causes of the rise of the illegal fishery are diagnosed as 1) the massive increase in the abalone price that occurred in the 1990s triggering an abalone fishing “gold-rush” and 2) the failure of the post-Apartheid fishery reform process to accommodate many traditional fishers in a legal fishing rights framework resulting in them operating outside the formal fishery management system. By contextualising the abalone fishery as a complex system, embedded in South Africa’s socio-political setting, we show how the resource focussed fishery management system did not have the capacity to incorporate the powerful social, political and economic drivers determining fisher behaviour. We conclude with the need to revisit South Africa’s abalone fishery management paradigm, and argue that a more integrated governance approach is required that takes into account the biological, socio-political and economic factors determining the fishery activities.

Ocean & Coastal Management 54 (2011) 433-445

Corresponding authors E-mail addresses:
s.raemaekers@telenet.be (S. Raemaekers), p.britz@ru.ac.za (P.J. Britz).

Effects of dietary copper on survival, growth and immune response of juvenile abalone, Haliotis discus hannai Ino.
ASIA PACIFIC - 10 November 2009

A study was conducted to evaluate the effects of dietary copper (Cu) on the growth, survival, carcass composition and immune responses in juvenile abalone, Haliotis discus hannai. Six semi-purified diets containing graded levels of dietary copper (1.08, 3.76, 6.54, 14.80, 26.84 and 109.41 mg/kg diet) from CuSO45H2O were fed to juvenile abalone (initial shell length: 17.21 ± 0.04 mm; initial body weight: 0.65 ± 0.00 g) in triplicate groups for 24 weeks in a flow-through system. The results showed that no significant (P > 0.05) differences were found in weight gain rate (WGR, %), daily increment in shell length (DISL, μm/day) and survival among the dietary treatments.

Wanga,W., Mai,K., Zhanga,W., Aia,Q., Yaoa,C., Lia,H. and Z.Liufua. 2009.Effects of dietary copper on survival, growth and immune response of juvenile abalone, Haliotis discus hannai Ino. Aquaculture 297- 122-127