Legislation (Freshwater)

As soon as the National Inland Fisheries Policy is developed SACRAA will publish it on this site. Until then you are directed to the Inland Fisheries Policy page which provides some background information on the process.

Other National pieces of legislation that impact significantly on freshwater resource use and management include the National Environmental Management Act (Act 107 of 1998; NEMA), the National Environmental Management: Biodiversity Act (Act 10 of 2004;NEMBA), the NEMBA Amendment Act (Act 14 of 2013) and the Threatened or Protected Species (TOPS) ListsRegulations and Regulations Amendments.

The proposed new TOPS Regulations & Lists published for comment by the Minister of Environmental Affairs in March 2015 will have a neglible impact on recreational fishing but will have far reaching implications for inland small-scale commercial fisheries such as the one proposed for Vanderkloof Dam. The new TOPS places severe restrictions on listed species such as the Largemouth Yellowfish and prohibits the issuing of a permit for catching, killing and selling the species. Instead it is classified as a catch-and-immediate-release species. The new TOPS are awaiting final approval by the Minister prior to promulgation as law.