Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Senzeni Zokwana, attended a World Fisheries Day celebration in Humansdorp in the Eastern Cape this week. According to the press, the minister said that fishing communities needed to be the custodians of the protection of marine resources.
The celebrations served to highlight the importance of maintaining the world’s fisheries, as fish is an important source of food for many worldwide. One in five people depend on fish as their primary food source.
With the holiday season just around the corner, South African harbours are preparing for a busy tourist season. TNPA Chief Executive Richard Vallihu was quoted in the press this week as saying that at least eight pleasure boats and 10 passenger ships are expected to bring tens of thousands of both international and local tourists to South African harbours over the next few months.
Some of the vessels scheduled to visit our shores include:
- Nautica – Ocean Cruises
- Seven Seas Mariner and Seven Seas Voyager – Regent seven Seas Cruises
- MS Astor – Transocean Tours
- MS Marina and Insignia – Oceania Cruises
- Silver Cloud – Silversea Cruises, and
- Europa 2 – Hapag-Lloyd Cruises
Also making headlines this week is the arrival of the Meteoro in Table Bay. The vessel is one of the world’s most advanced offshore patrol vessels and has recently spent four months in the Gulf of Aden fighting piracy off the Somalian coast.
The deployment of the Meteoro forms part of the Spanish government’s commitment to Operation Atlanta, the EU’s counter-piracy mission started in 2008.
The vessel will host several official engagements during her stay in the Cape.