Parliamentary Question: DAFF: MCM: Offshore patrol

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QUESTION 1323

DATE OF PUBLICATION: MONDAY 26 APRIL 2010 [IQP No 11- 2010] SECOND SESSION, FOURTH PARLIAMENT

Question 1323 for Written Reply, National Assembly: Ms D Carter (Cope) to ask the Minister for Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries:
 
 
1)                     Whether the cost of patrolling and policing the coastline using boats belonging to her department is borne jointly by her department and the SA Police Service; if so, how is the cost apportioned; if not,
(2)       whether she has found that this arrangement has been successful; if not, what is this finding based on; if so, what are the relevant details;
(3)       whether her department has adequate resources to undertake this policing task on its own; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details? NW1555E
 
 



REPLY:
 
1)         The costs for patrolling and policing the South African Coastline using the patrol vessels are not borne jointly by the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) and the South African Police Services (SAPS).  The DAFF bears all the costs associated with operating the patrol vessels.  The SAPS does, however, make personnel available for joint operations on the patrol vessels.
 
2)         This arrangement has been successful as both departments carry out joint operations in the various areas but within their respective mandates.
 
3)         South Africa has a long coastline that is approximately 3000km’s in length and extends 200 nautical miles out to sea.  South Africa also has a second Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZ) around the Marion and Prince Edward Islands.  This therefore broadens the scope of the task of patrolling and policing South Africa’s coastline.
 
            South Africa currently only has one official for every 17km’s of coastline whereas the international norm is one official to every 5km’s of coastline.  Even though the DAFF has four Fishery Patrol Vessels (FPV’s), there is a vast area to monitor and patrol with limited human and financial resources.
 
            Based on the above mentioned, the DAFF engages with other agencies to conduct joint operations along our coastline as much of the poaching crimes is syndicate related.