Provision of Services for the Ship-Board Scientific Observer Programme

The only industrial-scale fishery in KZN is the crustacean trawl fishery, which is relatively small, but is of concern as it takes large amounts of bycatch. ORI has been investigating this fishery for several years, and has been instrumental in having several management measures introduced. From late 2007, ORI was directly contracted by Marine and Coastal Management (now the Dept of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries - DAFF) to monitor aspects of this fishery by means of an observer programme.