South africa is in the midst of a 21 day nationwide lockdown to contain the spread of covid 19 which has already affected more than 1 300 people and killed five. The post office can sell you a recreational fishing permit but recreational fishers are not allowed to fish under level 4 lockdown regulations.
Albi modise spokesman for the department of environment forestry and fisheries confirmed that hunting fishing and self drive visits to national parks are allowed during the third phase of south africa s attempts to curb the spread of covid 19 also known as lockdown.
Recreational fishing during lockdown south africa. There s been a complete blanket ban on recreational fishing of all kinds across south africa since the sa government announced it s covid 19 lockdown from 26 march. There is some relaxation and even. With no relaxation of restrictions for south africa s recreational fishing sector when the country moves to covid 19 level 4 on may 1 thousands of subsistence fishers will remain under lockdown.
The democratic alliance da has written to the minister of environmental affairs forestry and fisheries deff barbara creecy requesting an immediate amendment to the covid 19 lockdown fishing regulations to lift the restriction placed on recreational fishing which will allow for subsistence or own consumption fishers to feed their families. The level 3 regulations around game drives recreational fishing and hunting have been clarified by the department of environment forestry and fisheries deff. However the country s fishing industry received an exemption from the lockdown after being designated as being vital to the domestic food industry by south africa s the national.
Hunting and recreational fishing are among the activities the department of environment forestry and fisheries has allowed under level 3 of the covid 19 lockdown. New legislation announced last week comes with all the expected covid 19 caveats but despite this recreational fishers are free to step into their waders. Under south africa s level 3 lockdown conditions permit holding recreational fishers are once again free to go fishing.
A statement by the department of environment forestry and fisheries deff said all fishing including recreational fishing is permitted with the exception of charter fishing the easing of restrictions comes as south africa s high court declared the country s covid 19 lockdown measures a violation of the country s constitution. Furthermore the south african government has noted that fishing for recreation will be allowed again only when the country reaches level 2 of lockdown. It also warns that these lockdown regulations could be in place for several months.
Fishing in lockdown south africa. And even after a move from level 5 to level 4 in its tiered easing system on 1 may 2020 and the announcement of a move to level 3.