Angling permits will cost us more – however within reason

Recreational fishermen can breathe a sigh of relief. Even if the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources decide in the foreseeable future to increase the levy for angling permits, it would not be draconian.
On 1 August this year, the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources implemented a more than N$10 000 % increase in the levy for angling permits. Where permits were charged N$14 per month or N$168 per annum, a single levy of N$1500 per permit per month came into effect.
After heavy public resistance, this was revoked less than two weeks later, prompting the Ministry also to consult the public over possible increases of the levy of angling permits.
On Wednesday, the first of several public consultation meetings took place. The venue was Henties Bay and fisheries minister Bernhardt Esau addressed the public. He explained policing the coast to ensure anglers stay within the confines of the law costs the Ministry around N$450 000 per month. The more than 10 000 % increases were to cover this cost, but even the Ministry realised within days it was a failed formula.
Hence the permit levies were reinstated to N$14 per month or N$168 per year and promises that public consultations will now be conducted and an eventual levy increase would not be as severe.
The more than 150 stakeholders from various fishing associations, the tourism sector and residents of all the central coastal towns attended this first round of consultations. Many attendees at the meeting were very impressed that the Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources, Bernhard Esau, was personally present. They were also impressed by the time he took to listen to the input by the stakeholders.
This was only the first meeting of a series of meetings,” explained De Wet Siluka, the public relations officer of the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources to namib times. More such consultations will follow soon in Swakop-mund, Windhoek and Lüderitz.
“After these consultations, a recommendation will be drawn up and submitted to Cabinet for approval,” Siluka further explained. Whilst he was unable to give an exact timeline for when this process to be concluded, Siluka speculated it might be as early as the end of this year.

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