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Oceana says it has 30 tonnes of ice, 40 tonnes of baits for supply

With a stock of 40 tonnes of bonito and local squids baits and 30 tonnes of ice from its three ice plants, Ocean Fisheries has said that it has sufficient baits and ice to supply to local fishermen.

Mr Georges Tirant, the managing director of Ocean Fisheries which normally supplies 90% of its ice to fishermen, said the company has not run out of ice and bait supplies. On the contrary, he explained, as a result of the south east trade winds, it did have a large quantity of both commodities as it was not selling as much as before, since demand has reduced considerably.

During the north west monsoon, Mr Tirant said normally there was a great demand for both ice and baits, but at the moment fewer fishermen were going out to sea and they had stopped buying the products in large quantities.

He noted that since the beginning of the year, not once has Oceana Fisheries run out of either ice or baits or even refused to sell the items to fishermen for any reason or another.

Oceana Fisheries ice plants are about 14 years old and two of them are manufacturing ice flakes or lighter ice and the other one the more thicker type of ice or plates. Mr Tirant admitted that because they had been operating for quite a long time, the ice plants have reduced their volume of production per day, but this had in no way affected the overall yield and supply of ice. The ice plate generator produces about 5 tonnes of ice per day and each of the ice flake generator produces about 8 tonnes per day.  Once full each of the plant has the capacity to hold some 20 tonnes of ice.

Oceana Fisheries has plans to improve the volume of production of its ice flake plants by bringing in a new generator to produce a maximum of 10 tonnes per day. The generator is expected to arrive in the country in about two months' time and will last for another 15 years. It will cost Oceana Fisheries R200,000 to install the new generator.

With regards to baits, Mr Tirant said with the exception of the imported squid which the company supplied mainly to the long liners, all other baits were available for local fishermen. Oceana Fisheries normally gets its supplies of baits from purse seiners, and the suppliers, Mr Tirant said, had been consistent throughout the fishing season up till now.

The baits are stored in a facility which has the capacity to hold about 550 tonnes of frozen products, but Mr Tirant said the company could not stock a large quantity of baits because the products might get freezer-burn. In order to keep its bait fresh, it has to replenish its stock regularly.

Fishermen or members of the public can buy ice at Oceana Fisheries from Monday to Friday from 8.00 a.m to 4.00 p.m, on Saturday from 8.00 a.m to 12 noon, on Sunday and public holidays from 8.00 a.m to 10.00 a.m.

Fishermen normally pay R13 for a 50 kilo bag of ice whereas members of the public pay R30.

 

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