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  PERMIT CONDITIONS: SWORDFISH LONGLINE 2003

1. GENERAL

1.1    This permit is issued subject to the provisions of the Marine
       Living Resources Act, 1998 (Act No. 18 of 1998) („the Act‟) and
       the Sea Birds and Seals Protection Act, 1973 (Act No. 46 of
       1973).

1.2    If in the opinion of the Chief Director: Department of
       Environmental Affairs and Tourism, Branch: Resource
       Management (“Chief Director”) there are sound reasons for
       doing so, he may, without prior notice to the Permit Holder,
       amend the conditions of the permit.

1.3    The permit may be revoked, suspended or cancelled if the
       Permit Holder contravenes or fails to comply with a permit
       condition or with the provisions of the Act or is convicted of an
       offence in terms of the Act or fails to effectively utilise the
       permit.

1.4    A permit to exercise an existing right in terms of the Act may be
       refused if the conditions of a previously issued permit had not
       been adhered to.

1.5    The permit may be withdrawn or suspended if the Permit
       Holder or any of his/her or its employees submits incorrect
       information to which the Department is entitled.

1.6    In terms of the Act, the Permit Holder is obliged to report to the
       Minister any contravention of the provisions of the Act by any
       other person.

1.7    The Permit Holder shall not land, sell, receive or process any
       fish taken by means in contravention of the Act.

1.8    The permit shall be produced on demand to any Fishery
       Control Officer

1.9    The permit holder shall adhere to MARPOL regulations with
       respect to dumping of waste at sea. The dumping of plastics
       (including fishing line) while at sea, is prohibited.

1.10   No transhipping of catches without a transhipment permit may
       take place.
1.11     The permit holder shall not exceed the TAC/TAE or
         combination thereof allocated to him/her or it, in section A.

1.12     The permit is not transferable.

1.13     The permit holder shall pay the prescribed levy per kilogram or
         ton (as applicable) or portion thereof. The levies payable in
         respect of fish caught during one month shall be paid before
         the end of the following month.


2. FISHING AREA

2.1      Setting and retrieving of longlines can be conducted in South
         Africa‟s EEZ and on the high seas, except in the following
         areas: 1) A 12 nautical mile area along the entire South African
         coastline, excluding Kwazulu-Natal where the closed area will
         be extended to 20 nautical miles, and; 2) in the rectangle
         enclosed by the area 34 00°S 17 20°E to 35 00°S 18 30°E.


3. VMS

3.1      The fishing vessel must be fitted with a functional vessel
         monitoring system ("VMS"), which is approved by the Chief
         Director.

3.2      The VMS must report continuously and uninterruptedly to the
         VMS Base Station of the Department during all fishing
         operations, including traveling to and returning from the fishing
         grounds.

3.3      Inmarsat C VMS units must be switched on at least 6 (six)
         hours before departure of the vessel from a harbour or port,
         and may only be turned off at least 6 (six) hours after berthing.

3.4      In the event of the power supply to the VMS being interrupted
         or the equipment not being operational for any reason
         whatsoever, the Permit Holder or skipper shall immediately
         report the nature of the problem by fax to the Department at fax
         number (021) 4252920/4256497. Should the problem persist
         for more than 24 hours, the vessel shall return to port to have
         the equipment repaired. The Chief Director: Resource
         Management undertakes to safeguard the confidentiality of
         information obtained from the vessel.


4. VESSEL SPECIFICATIONS

4.1      The vessel‟s name and the registration letters and numbers
       assigned to the vessel by the Director-General must be painted
       in white on a black background or in black on a white
       background on both bows in characters not less than 15 cm in
       height, 10 cm in breadth and 2 cm in thickness (width of
       stroke). The space between adjacent letters and figures shall
       be between 2 cm and 5 cm.

4.2    The letters SL must be displayed on the vessel next to the area
       code.

4.3    Radio call signs must be clearly visible and displayed as
       stipulated in terms of regulation 78 promulgated under the Act.


5. ECONOMIC INFORMATION

5.1    Economic, socio-economic and financial information regarding
       the activities of the operations of the permit holder shall be
       supplied to the Chief Director: Marine and Coastal
       Management when requested. The information must be in the
       format as requested and shall be submitted within 21 days of
       the date of request.


6. CATCHING

6.1    This permit shall only be used for targeted longline fishing on
       swordfish. Billfishes of the genera Makaira, Tetrapturus and
       Istiophorus and Chondrichthians (sharks, skates and rays) are
       designated by-catch species. For the by-catch species,
       excluding tuna, the total catch may not exceed 5% (by dressed
       weight) of the total catch (dressed weight) of the targeted
       species per trip. (All sharks must be landed with fins on, but
       may be headed and gutted). For tuna belonging to the genus
       Thunnus, the total catch should not exceed 50% by number of
       the total catch of the targeted species per trip. No discarding of
       excess by-catch at sea shall be permitted, and only live fish
       may be returned to sea. Excess by-catch must be handed over
       to the fisheries control officer upon return of vessel to port.

6.2    The catching of Bluefin tuna (Thunnus thynnus) and Yellowfin
       tuna (Thunnus albacares) with a mass of less than 6.4 kg and
       3.2 kg respectively, and Swordfish (Xiphias gladius) with a fork
       length of less than 125 cm and a weight of less than 25 kg
       whole weight or 20.5 kg dressed weight is prohibited. Any fish
       that does not comply with the size and weight restrictions and
       is not alive when retrieving the longline must be handed over to
       the fisheries control officer upon return of the vessel to port. If
       the undersized fish is alive when retrieving the longline the fish
       should be returned to the sea alive.
6.3    No hake (Merluccius spp.) kingklip (Genypterus capensis),
       wreckfish   (Polyprion     spp.) or      Patagonian    toothfish
       (Dissostichus spp.) shall be caught or retained on board.

6.4    All catches on board when any pelagic longline is on board, will
       be deemed to have been made with such longline. None of the
       prohibited species may be on board at any time that a pelagic
       longline is on board, irrespective of what other fishing permits
       are held.

6.5    Permit holders will be required to participate in tagging
       programmes. This implies that permit holders will allow MCM
       officers and observers on board to tag and release a limited
       number of fish.

6.6    Any tags retrieved, emanating from national or international
       tagging programmes, must be retained on board together with
       data on the catch position, date of capture, length and weight of
       individual tagged animals. The tags and information shall be
       handed to Chief Directorate: Marine and Coastal Management,
       Private Bag X2, Roggebaai 8012. (Attention: Linefish Section)
       when the vessel enters any South African port.


7. GEAR RESTRICTIONS

7.1    Only pelagic longlines may be used. Other fishing gear, such
       as nets, may not be carried on board the vessel.

7.2    Only J-shaped hooks shall be permitted, and the use of
       stainless steel hooks are prohibited.

8. LANDING OF FISH

8.1    When the permit holder intends to land fish at least 48 hours
       notice of the vessels estimated time of arrival and port of
       discharge shall be reported to Marine and Coastal
       Management Inspection Services (Attention: The Station
       Manager, Cape Town at fax no. 021-4393414, Port Elizabeth at
       fax 041-5860385 and Hout Bay fax 021-7901792).

8.2    In the event of a Fishery Control Officer or Fisheries Monitor
       not being available for the discharge of the fish, fish may only
       be discharged on receipt of an official written authorisation
       issued by the local Fishery Control Officer.

8.3    Any discharge of fish, caught in terms of this permit, outside
       South Africa shall be monitored by a South African fisheries
       control officer. The travel and subsistence cost of the fisheries
          control officer to attend such discharges shall be recovered
          from the right‟s holder.

   8.4    All fish intended for export must be accompanied by the
          relevant catch notification document. Bigeye tuna, southern
          bluefin tuna must be accompanied by ICCAT/IOTC or CCSBT
          catch documents. All swordfish must be accompanied by a
          certificate of origin. The catch documents are invalid, unless
          authorised by a South African fisheries control officer, or KZN
          Wildlife officer. Catches intended for export without these
          documents may be detained and/or seized.


   9. CATCH STATISTICS

   9.1    Certified and dated catch returns, completed on a daily basis,
          shall be rendered on the Tuna Longline Catch Returns,
          prescribed for this purpose. The records are to be posted by
          registered mail to the Chief Directorate: Marine and Coastal
          Management, Private Bag X2, Roggebaai 8012. (Attention:
          Liesl Janson). Catch returns for trips ending on a landing date
          in a specific month, in conjunction with the discharge figures
          (completed and signed discharge sheets) for that month, must
          be reported before the 15th of the following month. Nil catches
          must also be reported, should they occur.


   10. OBSERVERS

   10.1   The Permit Holder shall, when requested, accommodate an
          observer on board the vessel, and shall ensure that
          accommodation and food of officer's standard is provided.

   10.2   The observer shall be responsible to verify fisheries data or as
          otherwise directed by the Chief Director: Resource
          Management. The observer shall monitor all fishing operations
          and may record any transgressions of the Marine Living
          Resources Act, 1998.

   10.3   The permit Holder shall, when requested, allow for land-based
          sampling of catches for scientific purposes by persons
          authorized by the Department.

11. SEABIRD BY-CATCH

11.1      All tuna longline operators fishing in South African waters will
          be required to use a tori pole and bird line during setting of
          longlines.
11.2   An appropriate streamer line (tori line) as described in
       Annexure 1 must be flown for each line that is set. The
       streamer line must be deployed directly above the main line,
       unless two streamers are used in which case they must be
       deployed on either side of the main line.

11.3   Both the main line and the branch lines (snood) must be
       properly weighted to ensure optimal sinking rates.

11.4   Dumping of offal must be minimised. Offal dumping must take
       place on the side opposite to where hauling occurs. No
       dumping of offal may take place during setting.

11.6   No hooks may be discarded; all hooks must be removed from
       offal and fish by-catch before these are dumped.

11.7   Observers on board shall bring back whole specimens of all
       seabirds killed in the EEZ of South Africa. When no observer is
       on board and if the vessel returns to a South African Port after
       its fishing operations, the vessel shall, on a voluntary basis,
       bring all seabirds killed (or their heads and feet) to the port and
       notify the Chief Director: Resource Management, fax no. 021-
       4217406. Attention: Seabird Section, Dr R Crawford, for
       collection. To cater for the eventuality that the vessel may
       dock, all seabirds killed (or their heads and feet), in the South
       African EEZ shall, on a voluntary basis, be preserved on board
       and may only be discarded on leaving South African waters
       when no docking occurred. Records must be kept on catch
       forms of all birds killed during longline operations, numbers
       killed and species identification (as accurately as possible).
       Seabird mortality form and a seabird identification chart will be
       provided with the permit. After each trip, a reporting form must
       be returned to the Chief Director: Resource Management:
       Attention: Dr Rob Leslie, Private Bag X2, Roggebaai, 8012, fax
       no. 021-4217406. This measure shall be evaluated after the
       first 6 months of permit issue.

11.8   All information contained on bands recovered from seabirds
       must be reported to: Central Data Bank for Antarctic Bird
       Banding, SAFRING, University of Cape Town, Rondebosch,
       7701, South Africa, or faxed to: +27-21-689-7578. Where
       possible the whole specimen plus the band should be retained
       (frozen) and returned to port. The time, date and position
       where the banded seabird was caught must be recorded and
       attached to the bird.

11.9   All bait must be appropriately thawed, and where necessary,
       the swim bladders of bait fish punctured to ensure rapid sinking
       of bait.
11.10   Preferably, lines should be set at night (defined by nautical
        dawn/dusk). During setting of longlines at night, deck lighting
        must be minimised without compromising crew safety. Deck
        lights shall be shaded and where possible, directed down
        towards the deck to minimise light on sea, without
        compromising the safety of the crew.

				
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