Shaheen Moolla

last updated 11/30/2017

Shaheen Moolla

Managing Director at Feike

Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

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Feike Natural Resource Management Adviser - Feike

Practising Advocate - High Court

Consultant - World Conservation Union

Special Legal Adviser To Minister of Environmental Affairs and Tourism - Feike


Member - IUCN's Commission on Environmental Law

Legal Advisor - Whale Watching Industry

Legal Advisor - Great White Shark Protection Foundation

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2011 February - Feike

They are biologically worse off than abalone, which is at 8%," said Shaheen Moolla, the former head of Marine and Coastal Management (MCM).
The devastation started in 2007, he said, after former environmental affairs minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk announced "interim measures" to grant subsistence fishing rights for lobsters, which are easily accessible inside the 200m-depth shallows along the West Coast to East London. Quotas for lobsters and linefish were given to 1 500 subsistence fishers, who became known as "interim relief" fishers. A challenge to the allocation by the West Coast Rock Lobster Association was rejected by the Supreme Court of Appeal in September last year. Moolla said this week that the interim relief fishers were allocated 200 tonnes of lobsters for the 2010-11 season. "In the Elandsbaai area alone they have already harvested at least 500 tonnes, with more than half the season left. In Paternoster they are removing 30 000 lobster tails a day. If poaching levels are even half that in other zones, we are probably looking at the interim relief sector taking about 1 500 to 2 000 tonnes," he said. Open season A recreational fisher who did not want to be named said he had witnessed interim relief fishers taking out "crayfish tails by the sackful and throwing the rest of the carcasses away. It's tragic to see what's happening. It's open season on crayfish." With virtually no intervention by fishery control officers, organised gangs such as the Chinese triads were buying up interim relief quotas and paying a pittance for their catches, he said. The lobster free-for-all was having a serious impact on domestic and international markets because they were being dumped at rock-bottom prices, said Moolla, now a director of Feike Natural Resource Management Advisers and consultant for the Worldwide Fund for Nature and the World Conservation Union, IUCN. "The last two months of 2010 witnessed the collapse in the price of South African lobsters on the international market from about $50/kg to less than $30/kg," he said. Shaheen Moolla on The DAFF Consultation Circus: Part 2 Matatiele on DAFF is Without a DDG...Again Shaheen Moolla on Update: The Cape Town Consultation Process

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Kimon de Greef - Why Hout Bay fishermen die making a living

"Illegal fishers risk their lives because the chances of being arrested are relatively slim, while the rewards are much higher than what they could possibly earn as unskilled labourers," said fisheries consultant Shaheen Moolla, director of Feike Natural Resource Management.

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