The Department of Environmental Affairs recognised the potential of the ocean to create jobs and improve lives.

Its current plan to use the ocean’s resources is called Operation Phakisa.

Addressing the crowd on Thursday, department representative Radia Razak said they noticed the ocean resources were under a great deal of pressure, particularly in the economic exclusion zone where most human activity took place.

Jamb 2bRazak said the bill would help manage the negative impact humans had on the oceans “as our activities to use its resources have not been done in a proper, co-ordinated way”.

At present, the various users of marine resources make their own…