The CPLO ended the month of May by hosting a roundtable discussion on the South African ocean economy. The speakers were Mr Kishan Sankar from the Aquaculture and Economic Development Office in the Department of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries); Associate Professor Moenieba Isaacs from the Institute for Poverty, Land, and Agrarian Studies: PLAAS; and Mr Ruben Saul representing the Doringbaai Development Trust. The speakers shared their wide range of knowledge and experiences in relation to government’s Operation Phakisa programme. This espouses to optimise the economic potential of South Africa’s Oceans by focusing on six priority potential growth areas – Marine Transport and Manufacturing; Offshore Oil and Gas Exploration; Aquaculture; Marine Protection Services and Ocean Governance; Small Harbours Development; as well as Coastal and Marine Tourism. The discussion explored diverse thoughts for sustainable growth of the ocean economy through aquaculture in order to maximise socio-economic benefits, especially for different fishing communities while ensuring adequate ocean environmental protection.
Standing, L-R: Fr Matsepane Morare SJ (Researcher, CPLO) and Ms Palesa Ngwenya (Researcher, CPLO). Seated, L-R: Mr Ruben Saul, Mr Kishan Sankar, and Prof Moenieba Isaacs