TROUBLED WATERS PART 7: Environmental Authorisation for Fish Farm issued on July 9, 2014

DECEMBER 11, 2014

Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa says her department issued environmental authorisation for the Algoa Bay Aquaculture Development Zone (ADZ) on July 9 this year.

Replying to a written question from Andrew Whitfield (DA), the Minister said the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) Aquaculture Division (Cape Town) had lodged an application for environmental authorisation on February 9, 2011.

The final Environmental Impact Assessment Report (EIR), she added, had been received by her department on August 3, 2013, adding that the authorised site “had never been rejected by this Department”.

Replying to another question from Whitfield, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Senzeni Zokwana said his department would “manage” the ADZ in Algoa Bay “but the investment and production of fish will be undertaken by the successful investor or investors, who could be local, national or international,” adding that to date “there are no investors formally listed”.

Zokwana said a marketing strategy and initiatives to secure investment for the ADZ in Algoa Bay would be developed by his department in collaboration with Trade and Industry.

Zokwana said the Algoa Bay ADZ would create 1 386 direct jobs which effectively was a “doubling” of current employment opportunities in the local fishing industry.

Zokwana said the decision that the “impact significance” of the project was “medium with mitigation” had been reached by the independent environmental practitioner and specialists contracted to carry out the detailed studies for the EIA process.  - MetroMinutes.


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