FOSAF’s case against the Minister of Environmental Affairs, Forestry and Fisheries which was originally set down date for 26th October 2020, was adjourned and will now be heard, we hope, in December this year or early in 2021. The 2020 AIS Lists and regulations published in September will now only take effect in March 2021. In the meantime, after discussions with the Minister, a task team has been set up to meet with the department to see if a solution can be found through negotiation during November, so that a report can go to the Minister. 

FOSAF and its allies are hoping that the solution will be based on the Phakisa agreement of 2014 which was subsequently unilaterally reneged upon by the department. The main content of this agreement was that trout will not be listed where they already occur. Thus no permits should be required whereas outside this zone a request for stocking trout will require a risk assessment and possibly a permit.

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