Category: Government program, Eastern Cape

Wild Coast Lobster Fishing & Diving Project Summary:

Wild Coast Lobster Fishing & Diving project takes advantage of the natural crayfish resource in the region between Port St Johns and Nqileni in the Wild Coast region. CSA has trained 2410 individuals through the running of a skills program, teaching them to:

– dive for and catch crayfish

– conduct First Aid when necessary

– conduct entrepreneurial ventures that link into an established off-take value chain

The project also leveraged off the permitting structures established by the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) in the region.

Student Noris Xamba in dive training

Noris Xamba is 52 years old and lives on the ¬†Mngazana River estuary on the East Coast of South Africa where she has been cray fishing since she was 8 years old. With investment in training and infrastructure from the College of Sustainable Agriculture and the National Skills Fund, Noris has become part of a system that’s good for people, for nature and for business. Noris has been taught the commercial value of crayfish and developed her knowledge of the ocean environment that supports her livelihood; safety and conservation will influence her diving in the future. Noris will share her knowledge with other women in her community and in so doing, extend the system that will sustain more livelihoods in her community.