South Africa: Blue Economy - Mariculture Is Not the Panacea Some Believe It to Be


Plans to use fish farming as a way to lift the country out of the economic ghetto took a beating at a recent marine science session.

As a growing number of young South Africans swell the jobless queue, authorities have taken to talking with increasing fervour of the sea and the potential of the "Blue Economy".

It's one of those catchy phrases, a bit like "Radical Economic Transformation", that can mean all things to all people but often adds up to little more than sound and fury.

It is bandied about in official documents or dropped into speeches by ministers and other heavy hitters to describe a multibillion-rand purse just waiting -- the public are told -- to be prised from the ocean's clutches.

To make this happen, the government is backing Operation Phakisa, an elaborate planning framework.

Operation Phakisa brings under its roof diverse and competing interests: Gas and oil exploration, commercial fishing,...

More From: Daily Maverick

Don't Miss

AllAfrica publishes around 900 reports a day from more than 130 news organizations and over 500 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.