ISSF: Small-scale Fishery Profile - Imbaza mussel Pty (Ltd), South Africa

SSF Profile

Imbaza mussel Pty (Ltd), South Africa | 2012
Fishery name Imbaza mussel Pty (Ltd), South Africa
SSF Defined? Yes
SSF Definition (if applicable) Means the use of marine living resources on a full-time, part-time or seasonal basis in order to ensure food and livelihood security. For the purposes of this policy, fishing also means the engagement (by men and women) in ancillary activities such as, (pre- and post-harvesting, including preparation of gear for harvesting purposes), net making, boat-building, (beneficiation, distribution and marketing of produce), which provide additional fishery-related employment and income opportunities to these communities). DAFF(2012) Policy for the small-scale fisheries sector in South Africa. Government Gazzette, No. 35455.
Data time frame 2012
Contributor Malebo2018 (Malebo Hellen Moepi)
Contribution date 02/12/2019
Geographic Scope
Local Saldanha Bay Unspecified South Africa
Main Characteristics
Name Value Units
SSF type(s): Commercial
Ecosystem type(s): Marine
Ecosystem detailed type(s): Coastal
Open ocean
Term(s) used to refer to SSF: Artisanal
Main gear type(s): Dredges
Harvesting machines
Main SSF vessel type(s): Raft - 20 Vessels
Sail boat
Average length of SSF vessel: 9 Metres
Typical engine size (HP): 120 Horsepower
Typical number of crew: 17 Crew members
Number of day fishing per year: 220 Days per year fishing
Total number of SS fishers: 17 Fishers
Percent of SS fishers full-time: 100 Percent
Percent of SS fishers women: Percent
Total number of households in the location: 5000 Households
Percent of households participating in SSF: 17 Percent
Percent of household income from SSF (harvest and post-harvest: 100 Percent
Post-harvest activity(ies) in the location: Processing (cooking, drying, salting, smoking, etc.)
Percent of women in post-harvest: 85 Percent
Percent of children in post-harvest: 80 Percent
Percent of total income or GDP in the location coming from SSF: Percent
Other non-fishing livelihood activities SS fishing people participate in: Wage/hired labour
SSF market and distribution channel(s): Retained for household consumption and given to family/friends - 1 Percent
Sold in local markets - 4 Percent
Sold to outside markets - 95 Percent
Going to non-food uses
Number of years SSF have existed in the location: 10 to 30 years
How are SS fishers regarded by other members of society? Highly (fishers are well recognized for their contributions to the society)
Is fishing considered (by SS fishers) an occupation of last resort? No
Governance mode(s) in SSF: Co-management/co-governance
Property rights held by SS fishers: Collective/communal
Access held by SS fishers: Secured
Key rules, regulations, instruments and measures used to manage SSF: License/permit
Transferrable quotas
Major concerns/issues affecting SSF (which make them vulnerable or threaten their viability: Markets (access, price, monopoly, etc.)
Climate/environmental changes
Land-based pollution, coastal erosion

Common species name: Mediterranean mussel     Scientific/Latin species name: Mytilus galloprovincialis    Landings (t): 900
Common species name: Black mussel     Scientific/Latin species name: Choromytilus meridionalis    Landings (t): None
National Empowerment Fund (NEF) Type: State/government department Scope: National
National Ports Authority Type: State/government department Scope: National
Western Cape Department of Agriculture Type: State/government department Scope: National
Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Type: State/government department Scope: National
Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) Type: State/government department Scope: National
External links
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