South Africa's fishing industries employ thousands of people that rely on healthy oceans. From occasional harvesters to large scale purse-seine fishing, there are many that depend on the ocean for their livelihood. For many, fishing is a way of life.
Jobs associated with the marine wildlife economy, such as those linked to tour guiding, scuba diving, shark cage diving, and turtle, bird and whale watching are possible in proximity to protected areas.
PROMOTE LOCAL ENTREPRENEURS
Local communities can capitalize on the opportunities from the influx of tourists who come to otherwise unknown areas because of their protected status. This allows for entrepreneurial enterprises such as family-run restaurants and ‘home-stay’ type accommodation, as well as craftwork.
MPAs create jobs linked directly to the park, including rangers, park managers, gate staff, maintenance staff and in-house educators.