Commercial handline fishing from Kalk Bay Harbour throttled to death

Fishermen turn to begging on the streets and becoming car guards 

Photo credit: Chesney Bradshaw

Kalk Bay Harbour commercial handline fishing is on death row.

The fishing stocks have declined dramatically. One cause is overfishing outside of False Bay by giant corporate commercial operations and illegal fishing by foreign vessels. But there’s more to the story than meets the eye.

Over the past three decades, policing of South African waters to stop illegal fishing by foreign operators has been lacking.

Adequate policing of the coastal waters costs millions and funds have shrunk (we all know why) to finance such operations.

Kalk Bay harbour is a travesty of what it once was.

During the summer months, I spent some time at Kalk Bay harbour. I fished on one of the boats for snoek and chokka.

It was a privilege to talk to some of the fishermen who are still around.

On the surface of things, Kalk Bay Harbour hasn’t changed. But when you dig deeper, you’ll find that things have changed for the worse.

In the hay days of the 1970s, commercial fishing boats would come in with a catch of 40,000 snoek on one day. On a very good day in the summer season of 2021/22, the boats brought in a total catch of 400 snoek. Sometimes only 40. Doesn’t this say something?

There are now three hand-line commercial fishing boats left. The other boats you see are commercial crayfishing boats that are based in Kalk Bay Harbour.

How come?

Yes, the decline of handline fishing is partly due to overfishing all over South Africa’s coastline.

But main reason is fishing quotas.

Commercial fishing quotas have reduced commercial handline fishing to three boats in Kalk Bay Harbour.

I witnessed firsthand how a veteran fisherman was forced to become a car guard. The boat he fished on was refused a commercial fishing licence.

Let that sink in. A fisherman from a very long line of fisher folk dating back to the first Filipino fishermen in the early 1800s.

Others have been reduced to begging on the streets.

Sad. Very sad.

All because of draconian measures of exclusion intent on a program of appears to be total annihilation.

Over 40 years ago, when I fished from Kalk Bay Harbour it was a vibrant place – a community asset. Now it has been reduced to a tourist trap. A?handful of eateries are the only commercially viable entities that exist.

There’s no doubt that it is still a beautiful harbour especially looking down from the homes above Kalk Bay and Boyes Drive. And it’s still a wonderful experience to walk along the pier and smell the fresh sea air. But for the fishermen who have been plying their trade for centuries, it unfortunately looks like the end of the line.?

Comebacks in small businesses can be a hard and long path

I met an entrepreneur the other day who lost everything in his small business. At one time the small business was highly successful. He took a back seat, moved to a another town and went into semi–retirement. Disaster struck. His manager who he’d trusted to run the business stole everything out of the business until there was nothing left. Continue reading “Comebacks in small businesses can be a hard and long path”

How do you crack open your self image so you can reach higher levels of achievement (and it’s got very little to do with pumping yourself up with positive affirmations)?

Sketch by Chesney Bradshaw. Delta Park, Johannesburg. 26 August 2018

Have you ever woken up in the middle of the night sick with worry that you have gone too far? You may have decided to take the next step to launch your side-income small business and feel that it’s just too much for you to handle. You could have pursued a line of action where you are coming up against huge resistance in your personal or business life and you are experiencing doubts that you may have overreached. If none of this applies to you, you may want to still read on because the opposite is overconfidence where you may jump into something believing you can do it only to find out some time down the line that you bit off more than you could chew.

Continue reading “How do you crack open your self image so you can reach higher levels of achievement (and it’s got very little to do with pumping yourself up with positive affirmations)?”

Red monkey tales – silly ideas might just work

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Red faced monkeys enjoy living in the trees high above the Amazon jungle, searching for fruits and berries. They also come down from the tree tops to forage for insects and Brazilian nuts. Most of them shy away from other animals and especially people but one red monkey, sharper than the rest, sails down from the tree rooftops and occasionally gives out advice that may surprise you.

“Hey, Red Monkey what do you have to say for yourself today?”

“You called me down from where I was hanging in a tree so it must be important because you know I don’t like being disturbed.”

“I’ve been thinking,how do you get people to understand about how important it is to come up with ideas for new small business opportunities.”

“You called me down from my favourite place in the trees to talk about this. Haven’t you got anything better to do?”

“But you know how it is. People aren’t like you Read Monkey. They don’t enjoy the kind of freedom you have. They have to earn money in the human jungle otherwise they won’t survive and thrive.”

“Why don’t you talk about what you saw today when you were out shopping at the butcher today?”

“What you mean?”

“Tell them about those three young school girls finishing Matric and what they were doing.”

“What’s there to say?”

“If young people like that can come up with an idea to make money, why can’t adults?”

“Yes, what those young Matriculants school girls were doing all started with an idea. The three of them want to go to the coast for holiday when they finish their Matric this year and so they decided to dress up in Hawaiian beach gear, bak shortbread biscuits and were going around with a tin asking Saturday morning shoppers to donate towards their end-of-school holidays.”

“That’s what I mean. I don’t understand you humans. You make things so complicated. That’s all it takes. It all starts with an idea. But you’ve got to give something of value in exchange. Look at those young schoolgirls, they knew if they just went around empty handed they may have got a few donations but not much. So they decided to bak shortbread cookies themselves and let people on the streets decide how much they would exchange for each biscuit.”

“But these are young schoolgirls. Small business is different, isn’t it?”

“Do you really believe that? I might be a monkey but I’m not that stupid. Take that guy you know, John, How did he start his business which is doing so well now?”

“I suppose you’re right, Red Monkey. His idea was to start a new kind of restaurant where he could give customers better value than they were getting from the big chain restaurants. He started out small to test these idea and it took off.”

“Talking about food is making me hungry. I’ve got to go. I know of a tree where the berries have just started ripening and I want to scuttle off now before the other monkeys find them.”

“Well, Red Monkey, you never cease to amaze me. Go feast on your berries and come back soon because we’ve still got a lot to talk about.”

“It’s all just monkey business if you don’t do something about what you talked about today. If you want things to happen for you, you’ve got to be like those young girls and get into action, making and testing your product. It’s only monkeys like me that can monkey around. You humans have to work so you better find things that you enjoy doing.”

The “Red Monkey Tales” is a occasional light-hearted small business series which stimulates ideas and new thinking by monkeying around.

One way your entrepreneurial spirit can flourish

Photo by jean wimmerlin on Unsplash

A giant rock has been removed from the path of progress.

Everybody is talking about it but let’s not forget the economic devastation that it caused for so long.

Now is the time to look for opportunities. There is much work to be done and you can be part of the building, reinvigorating and rewiring.

Where can you find a resource to help you on your entrepreneurial journey? Continue reading “One way your entrepreneurial spirit can flourish”

Selling snoek at Kalk Bay harbour for 25 cents each

Long-time Kalk Bay fisherman “Riemhou”.

Many years ago before Kalk Bay harbour was commercialised with restaurants who buy their fish from commercial fisheries in Cape Town, the harbour was a real fishing harbour. Boatloads of snoek, yellowtail and bonito (katonkel) were brought to the quayside for sale from the boats.

In those days there were so many boats in the harbour that skippers had to queue up while the boats ahead of them threw up their catches onto the quayside.

Peter Swart, Skipper of the Freda, outside Kalk Bay Harbour.

One summer in the mid-1970s, I went out fishing with my father on his ski boat for snoek outside Glencairn. The snoek was so plentiful that we all filled the fish hold and decks, ran to Kalk Bay harbour and sold our first boatload. Continue reading “Selling snoek at Kalk Bay harbour for 25 cents each”

Is it time to wake up?

A business person started a restaurant, ran it successfully for five years, and realised that the long working hours were killing him. He decided to sell up and start a new wholesale business in the food trade.

How many of us wake up in time before disaster strikes? How many small business owners set aside time to reflect on how far they’ve come, what is wrong in their business and lives and make decisions to change things? Continue reading “Is it time to wake up?”

Old wine in new bottles – opportunities for entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs in the Western Cape wine district, found a new opportunity to take something old and turn it into a money-spinner.

They have found old vineyards, abandoned long ago, and have re-established them. Several revenue streams are flowing: consulting to farm owners who want to re-establish old vineyards, selling of the wines from these vintage vineyards and tourist tours.

How’s that for coming up with a new idea that can churn out money? Continue reading “Old wine in new bottles – opportunities for entrepreneurs”

Do you just fall into doing something you love or do you visualise it and plan it?

Do you just fall into doing something you love or do you visualise it and plan it?

It’s got be one of the most difficult things to do. Deciding on pursuing what you want to do in life. Some people never seem to know what they want. They just carry on and accept whatever fate is handed out to them. Others, a minority, just seemed to know where they are headed and even if circumstances change they redirect and move on.

Continue reading “Do you just fall into doing something you love or do you visualise it and plan it?”

Will it fly? How do you know if your new business idea has been formed under the wrong assumptions… before you take the leap

Are you ready for the Thanksgiving turkey?

In Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s book The Black Swan, he has the example of the Thanksgiving turkey that leads a comfortable life for about 999 days, eating and ranging around a small patch of grass. The turkey becomes comfortable and assumes this cycle of eat-relax-sleep will continue on indefinitely. But on the thousandth day, Taleb’s Thanksgiving turkey finds his head on the chopping block and the good times come to an abrupt end. Continue reading “Will it fly? How do you know if your new business idea has been formed under the wrong assumptions… before you take the leap”