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Minister Molewa reverses Algoa Fish Farm EA

AUGUST 21, 2015
Minister Molewa reverses Algoa Fish Farm EA

The Minister of Environmental Affairs, Edwa Molewa, on Thursday reversed her department's earlier decision to grant an Environmental Authorisation (EA) for the development of the proposed Algoa Fish Farm about 2 kilometres off Port Elizabeth's popular Hobie Beach.

Molewa said she had decided to to revert the matter to the Deputy Director General of the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries for reconsideration after several stakeholders voiced their opposition to the fish farm.

She noted, however, that camapigners were not opposed to the idea of the Algoa Fish Farm, but to its proposed location.

Arguments are that the fish farm could obliterate the Algoa Bay economy at its current proposed location. Activists claim that there is overwhelming evidence that the site poses a danger to tourism (which generates huge income for the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro), water safety and quality, shipping lanes, and the possibility of dolphins and whales being caught in the nets, to name but a few.

The Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) also said that the fish farm, if it were to be set up at the proposed location, would pose a danger as birds, attracted to the farm, could collide with planes coming in to land at the Port Elizabeth International Airport.

A new site, named Algoa 5, which is located at about 4.2 kilometres off the Sundays River mouth, will now be explored as an alternative location for the fish farm. 

Read the Minister Molewa's full decision HERE.