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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Demonstrate a basic knowledge of commercial fishing methods 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
114929  Demonstrate a basic knowledge of commercial fishing methods 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Transport and Logistics Operations 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 11 - Services Transport, Operations and Logistics 
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 will be useful to people who wish to follow a career path within the small, medium and micro, as well as the larger commercial fishing industry and have commenced employment.
People credited with this unit standard are able to:
  • Describe passive fishing methods
  • Describe active fishing methods
  • Describe commonly used electronic fish finding aids, and
  • Describe how environmental features assist in the finding of fish 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    Communication/Language and Mathematics/Numeracy at NQF level 1 

    UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    The following scope and context applies to the whole unit standard:

    Passive fishing method refers to the use of static fishing gear and does not usually include hunting.
    Active fishing method refers to the use of towed or circling gear and usually involves hunting 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Describe passive fishing methods. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Description must include, but is not restricted to any two of: lining, potting, net setting 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The fishing gear and components identified and described are consistent with accepted industry practice for the specified method. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The deck layout identified and described is consistent with the method, according to company and/or accepted industry practice. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The principles of the method are accurately outlined, and particular features described in terms of implications for safety and environmental impact. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Features include: dangers to birdlife, accidental catches.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The description correctly matches examples of targeted species with the specified method. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Describe active fishing methods. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Description must include two, but is not restricted to, of: trawling, dredging, seining. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The fishing gear and components identified and described are consistent with accepted industry practice for the specified method. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The deck layout identified and described is consistent with the method, according to company and/or accepted industry practice. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The principles of the method are accurately outlined, and particular features described in terms of implications for safety and environmental impact. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Features include: trawling: by-catch, fasteners.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The description correctly matches examples of targeted species with the specified method. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Describe commonly used electronic fish finding aids. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Any two of: sounder, sonar, net monitors, weather fax, sea surface temperature monitor 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The specified aid is correctly identified by the name generally accepted in the industry. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The description of the basic operating principles of the aid are accurate and consistent with manufacturer's specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The description outlines what fishing finding information the aid can provide, including the advantages and limitations of the device. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Describe how environmental features assist in the finding of fish. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Any two of: seasons, water temperature, bird patterns, weather, moon phase, sea bottom topography 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The description of assistance of environmental features in the finding of fish is consistent with the principles of marine biology and accepted industry practice. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The description outlines examples of fish species that can be located by the environmental feature. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    Providers of learning towards this unit standard will need to meet the accreditation requirements of the relevant ETQA.

    Moderation Option: The moderation requirements of the relevant ETQA must be met in order to award credit to learners for this unit standard. 

    UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    The following essential embedded knowledge will be assessed through assessment of the specific outcomes in terms of the stipulated assessment criteria. Candidates are unlikely to achieve all the specific outcomes, to the standards described in the assessment criteria, without knowledge of the listed embedded knowledge. This means that for the most part, the possession or lack of the knowledge can be directly inferred from the quality of the candidate's performance. Where direct assessment of knowledge is required, assessment criteria have been included in the body of the unit standard.
  • Guidance in correct operation of equipment is provided in The Maritime Occupational Safety Regulations, 1994.
  • Prevention of pollution of the marine environment is governed by regulation, (MARPOL) legislated by the International Maritime Organisation. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    The learner must be able to work effectively with others in fish finding operations. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    The learner must be able to responsibly and effectively organise and manage his / her fishing gear and components. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    The learner must be able to collect, analyse, organise and evaluate information relating to fish finding and fish hunting 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    The learner must be able to effectively communicate operations related to fishing methods and fishing aids. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    The learner must be able to use science and technology in describing the environmental features of fish finding. 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    Assessors should keep the following general principles in mind when designing and conducting assessments against this unit standard:
  • Focus the assessment activities on gathering evidence in terms of the main outcome expressed in the title to ensure assessment is integrated rather than fragmented. Remember we want to declare the person competent in terms of the title. Where assessment at title level is unmanageable, then focus assessment around each specific outcome, or groups of specific outcomes.
  • Make sure that evidence is gathered across the entire range, wherever it applies. Assessment activities should be as close to the real performance as possible, and where simulations or role-plays are used, there should be supporting evidence to show the candidate is able to perform in the real situation.
  • Do not focus the assessment activities on each assessment criterion. Rather make sure the assessment activities focus on outcomes and are sufficient to enable evidence to be gathered around all the assessment criteria.
  • The assessment criteria provide the specifications against which assessment judgments should be made. In most cases, knowledge can be inferred from the quality of the performances, but in other cases, knowledge and understanding will have to be tested through questioning techniques. Where this is required, there will be assessment criteria to specify the standard required.
  • The task of the assessor is to gather sufficient evidence, of the prescribed type and quality, as specified in this unit standard, that the candidate can achieve the outcomes again and again and again. This means assessors will have to judge how many repeat performances are required before they believe the performance is reproducible.
  • All assessments should be conducted in line with the following well documented principles of assessment: appropriateness, fairness, manageability, integration into work or learning, validity, direct, authentic, sufficient, systematic, open and consistent.

    The following particular issues should be taken into consideration when assessing against this unit standard:

    The importance of both safety and due care and consideration for the environment is to be kept in mind when assessing a candidate for this unit standard. 

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

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    Definition of Terms:
    Terms have been clarified as far as possible through the use of range statements. Further clarification of terms is provided as follows:

    SAMSA - South African Maritime Safety Authority.
    This body is responsible for issuing certificates of competence at all levels in terms of the Merchant Shipping (Training and Certification) Regulations, 1999.
    Issued by the Minister of Transport, under section 356 of the Merchant Shipping Act, 1951 (Act No. 57 of 1951). GG 20772/RG 6707

    MARPOL: Marine Pollution 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  59300   General Education and Training Certificate: Transport  Level 1  NQF Level 01  Reregistered  2023-06-30  TETA 
    Elective  58433   National Certificate: Fishing Operations  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2015-06-30  TETA 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
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