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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Enforce acceptable basic fishing practices in a limited area 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
252467  Enforce acceptable basic fishing practices in a limited area 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Nature Conservation 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 01 - Agriculture and Nature Conservation Nature Conservation 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Reregistered  2018-07-01  2023-06-30  SAQA 06120/18 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-06-30   2027-06-30  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This unit standard does not replace any other unit standard and is not replaced by any other unit standard. 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
This unit standard is aimed at individuals involved in the enforcing of acceptable fishing practices. The standard enables the relevant knowledge and skills required to use knowledge and understanding of the commercial, subsistence and recreational fishing methods used in their area of operation to ensure compliance with regulations and to inform and educate the public in the correct and legal methods to utilise. This competence will contribute to a culture of voluntary compliance with conservation and management measures.

Persons credited with this unit standard will be able to:
  • Identify the types of commercial, artisanal, subsistence and recreational fishing activities that are practiced in your area of operation.
  • Identify non-extractive activities.
  • Identify probable illegal activities in the area.
  • Report on fishing and related activities in the local area. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that the learner is competent in Communication and Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 1. 

    UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Identify the types of commercial, artisanal, subsistence and recreational fishing activities that are practiced in your area of operation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    A distinction is drawn between various categories of fishing. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Pelagic; coastal and inland fishing; long lining; trap fishing for rock lobster; subsistence fishing; collection of sessile organisms; angling; fly-fishing.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    An explanation is given of the legal fishing activities practiced in the area of operation. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Pelagic; coastal and inland fishing; long lining; trap fishing for rock lobster; subsistence fishing; collection of sessile organisms; angling; fly-fishing.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    A description is provided of the legally permissible types of fishing gear used in the local area. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Identify non-extractive activities. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    An overview is presented of the non-extractive activities in the area of operation. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Scuba diving tours; whale watching; bird watching.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    An explanation is given on the value and impact of non-extractive activities. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Identify probable illegal activities in the area. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Species are identified that are probably being caught illegally within the area of operation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    An outline is provided of illegal fishing methods that are utilised within the area of operation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    An overview is presented on illegal or harmful activities being carried on within the area of operation. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Illegal or damaging use of boats; destruction of habitat; pollution.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Report on fishing and related activities in the local area. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    A description is given of the effects of development, pollution, canalisation and farming on fish habitats. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    A report is prepared and presented on fishing activities within the area of operation, with emphasis on illegal fishing and harmful practices. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Feedback is provided to superiors as to the appropriateness and practicality of present policies in the area, taking into account socio-economic and cultural factors. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing an individual against this Unit Standard must meet the assessor requirements of the relevant ETQA.
  • In particular, such assessors must demonstrate that they assess in terms of the scope and context defined in all the range statements.
  • Any institution offering learning towards this Unit Standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA.
  • External moderation of assessment will be conducted by the relevant ETQA at its discretion according to the moderation guidelines in the relevant qualification and the agreed ETQA procedures. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • Types of fishing vessels.
  • Fishing types.
  • Fishing methods and gear.
  • Why people fish.
  • Problems and conflicts in fishing.
  • Differences between subsistence, commercial and sport fishing.
  • Social and economic importance of fishing.
  • Ethical behaviour with respect to fishing.
  • Permit requirements and other relevant state fishing legislation or regulations, and size limits.
  • Effect of development, pollution, canalisation and farming on fish habitat.
  • Environmental impact of fishing and associated activities.
  • Mechanisms to ensure sustainability.
    > Impact of poaching, over harvesting, loss of habitat. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Problem Solving:
  • The learner will have to cultivate the awareness needed to manage the tension between the needs/wants that people have in relation to fishing and the reality that the resource is limited. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analysis, organisation and evaluation of information:

  • This is important in the task of assessing the probable illegal activities being carried on in the area of operation. The balanced handling of information is crucial to the sustainable management of fishing/harvesting activities. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Effective communication:
  • The learner needs to report on fishing and related activities in the area of operation. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    See the world as a set of interrelated systems:
  • This unit standard will help the learner to a deeper understanding of the environmental impact of fishing and associated activities. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

    REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    Demonstration of the knowledge and skills outlined in this unit standard must be consistent with the principles of:
  • Respecting the natural and cultural environment.
  • Accepting and maintaining a non-discriminatory attitude towards diversity including, For example: differences in gender, race, religion, physical ability and culture.
  • Maintaining essential ecological processes and life-support systems.
  • Maintaining genetic, species and ecosystem diversity.
  • Considering ecological and social rights and responsibilities, whilst ensuring sustainable utilization of species and ecosystems, thereby yielding the greatest sustainable and equitable benefit to present generations whilst maintaining the potential to meet the needs and aspirations of future generations.

    Supplementary information:
  • At this level it is expected of an individual to demonstrate personal moral and professional integrity.
  • Leadership and social skills should include good judgement and decision-making ability.
  • Must show the ability to work under pressure and possess high levels of mental and physical fitness. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  59389   National Certificate: Nature Conservation: Resource Guardianship  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CATHSSETA 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
    This information shows the current accreditations (i.e. those not past their accreditation end dates), and is the most complete record available to SAQA as of today. Some Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionaries have a lag in their recording systems for provider accreditation, in turn leading to a lag in notifying SAQA of all the providers that they have accredited to offer qualifications and unit standards, as well as any extensions to accreditation end dates. The relevant Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.
     
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