Regulations published in the Government Gazette this week now allow South Africans to fish and hunt at level 3 of seclusion. Game auctions may also take place, provided the necessary health measures are adhered to.
Regulations published by the Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries on Friday stipulate that most types of fishing, including recreational purposes, are now allowed. However, this does not apply to deep sea fishing.
People fishing for recreation must have a valid permit which can be obtained from the post office. Fishing for recreational purposes may not take place in groups and fishermen must apply all relevant safety and health measures, such as wearing masks and maintaining social distances.
The regulations that apply to professional fishermen at level 4 of seclusion are still in force.
Separate regulations, also published on Friday, stipulate that hunting and the thinning of game may now also occur, provided that hunters have the appropriate hunting permits. This also applies to professional hunters. Game auctions are also allowed and the movement and transport of live or dead animals may also occur across provincial and municipal boundaries, provided the person has the appropriate permit. All these activities must also comply with the necessary safety and health precautions to prevent the spread of Covid-19. Game may also be imported and exported.
Hunters can here apply for the necessary permits.
The provisions are effective immediately and apply for the duration of level 3 of seclusion.