Fishing companies large and small require management skills ranging from finance to human relations. The South African commercial fishing sector generates an annual GDP of around R6-billion, of which a significant portion is ploughed back into fishing communities. Many senior managers work their way up through the ranks, while others are sourced from outside the sector.
Chief executives and managing directors
of large fishing
companies must navigate
both economic and political
terrain. Some management concerns are peculiar to the fishing industry, such as considerations around
fishing quotas and purchasing vessels; other functions are not
sector-specific, such as engaging clients or effecting economic empowerment.
• Chair meetings to discuss company
strategies and policy.
• Interact with government, regulatory
stakeholders and investors.
• Manage and monitor financial affairs.
Senior management posts require
extensive formal training and work experience, although not necessarily in the
fishing industry. Business administration and finance qualifications are essential.
Top managers have transferable skills and can migrate
to other industrial sectors.