Getting fish permits in South Africa is necessary for any fish farmer, whether you are farming alien invasive fish (e.g. Oreochromis Niloticus) or native fish (e.g. oreochromis mozambicus). Good news is we can help handle all of the application processes for you – or you can do it yourself. Application times vary from 3 weeks up to 6 months. We will be happy to handle the process for you for R1,000 per application, however should you wish to do it yourself – here are the details.
Here are the various application forms you need regardless of whether the fish is indigenous or not.
- CPE3 – FOR A PERMIT TO PLACE OR RELEASE FISH INTO WATERSThis permit is required prior to the release of ANY kind of fish and is applied to your local permits office for Biodiversity Management (e.g. in Gauteng it is Gauteng Department of Agriculture & Rural Development – GDARD). Be sure to include a certified copy of your ID and also proof of payment with your application.Download Link – CPE3-place or release of fish
- CPE4 – FOR A PERMIT TO IMPORT LIVE FISH (CROSS REGIONAL BORDERS)This permit is required if you are transporting fish across any kind of regional border (for example from Kwazulu Natal to Gauteng). If the fish are only being transported within the same province then the permit is not required. You need to apply to your local permits office for Biodiversity Management (e.g. in Gauteng it is Gauteng Department of Agriculture & Rural Development – GDARD)This permit is required prior to the release of ANY kind of fish if the fish are being moved across provinces. Be sure to include a certified copy of your ID and also proof of payment with your application.
Download Link –CPE4-import of live fish
Should you want to farm with an alien invasive fish such as Oreochromis Niloticus then you will need another permit from the Department of Environmental Affairs in Cape Town.
- Complete the Permit Application Form – Download the form here: Permit application for Alien and Listed Invasive Species Final @ 3 October 2014
- Complete a risk assessment report and include with your application
- Attach proof of payment
- Once approved then also apply for your CPE3 / CPE4 permits
Alien Invasive Permits Office (Cape Town) – Mpho Mabala – AISPermits@environment.gov.za
GDARD (Gauteng) – Violet Ndogeni – Violet.Ndongeni@gauteng.gov.za