TROUBLED WATERS Part 4: 25 Stakeholders engaged on Algoa Bay fish farm - Minister

DECEMBER 3, 2014

Agriculture, Forestry and Fishers Minister Senzeni Zokwana says that 25 “key stakeholders” were engaged during the public participation process for the proposed Algoa Bay “fish farm”.

Replying to a written question from Andrew Whitfield (DA), the Minister said among those engaged were the Endangered Wildlife Trust, Wildlife and Environmental Society South Africa, South African National Parks and South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity.

Zokwana said in addition, engagements were also held with the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, Port Elizabeth Deep Sea Angling Club, South African Squid Management Industrial Association, Algoa Bay Yacht Club and Pro Dive South Africa.

The Minister said the Draft Environmental Impact Report had been submitted for public comment for 40 days from May 15 to June 24 last year, during which several comments were received and included.

In addition, he told the National Assembly, an Open Day Presentation had been held on June 3 at the Algoa Bay Yacht Club to provide an opportunity for interested and affected parties “to discuss any concerns or issues directly with the project team while more than four public participation meetings were held.

Zokwana said that the Marine Specialist Report had accessed user conflicts such as the safety of recreational water sport participants and the impact on recreational Scuba divers.

The impact on yacht sailing and recreational boat anglers’ on commercial squid and long line fisheries as well as on the declaration, functioning and management of the proposed Addo Elephant Park Marine Protected Area had also been assessed. - metrominutes

 

Read more on this story here:

Troubled Waters Part 1: Socio-Economic Impact Study of Algoa Bay Fish Farm Was Conducted

Troubled Waters Part 2: Algoa Bay Fish Farm now on NCOP and Bhisho Agendas

Troubled Waters Part 3: 100 Objections to Algoa Bay Fish Farm