TROUBLED WATERS PART 8: Legal Requirements Met, But Concern Remains

JANUARY 27, 2015

Minister of Environmental Affairs, Edna Molewa, says all legal requirements regarding public participation on the proposed Algoa Bay Fish Farm.

The Minister’s statement was read out at a public meeting in the Port Elizabeth City Hall on Monday where Department officials met with residents and organisations that have raised objections to the current proposed site of the fish farm.

More than 123 written objections have reportedly been received by the Department.

Still, the Airports Company of South Africa (ACSA) said it had not been made aware of the public participation process on the proposed fish farm. Its representatives said that they were concerned about the Algoa Bay Fish Farm attracting birds and increasing the risks of bird strikes as planes approach and land at the Port Elizabeth International Airport.

ACSA announced it had contracted its own specialist to conduct a study into the risks associated with the farm for aircraft.

Local marine biologist, Shirley Parker Nance, maintains that the proposed site of the Algoa Bay Fish Farm will have a disastrous effect on the Algoa Bay marine ecology.

The Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism’s Mandlakazi Skefile also said that the economic impact of the tourism industry in Nelson Mandela Bay in 2013 was estimated to be in excess of R13 billion.

She says this will be negatively affected by the fish farm.

Read more on this: TROUBLED WATERS PART 7: ENVIRONMENTAL AUTHORISATION FOR FISH FARM ISSUED ON JULY 9, 2014