Tuesday, January 30, 2007

INTEGRATED COASTAL MANAGEMENT BILL

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION PROCESS

On 30 January 2007 the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism will
embark on a public participation process to discuss the Integrated Coastal
Management Bill which was gazetted on 15 December 2006 for a 90 day public
comment period.
The first public participation process will take place in KwaZulu-Natal from
30 January to 1 February 2007, where after other provinces will be visited
(full details of meetings on http://www.deat.gov.za). Specific meetings will
also be hold in each coastal province with government employees and other
stakeholders comprising members of each province’s Provincial Coastal
Committee who will assist to facilitate the participation process. These
committees assist to co-ordinate coastal management in each province.
The Department has also compiled a user friendly guide to facilitate
meaningful and informed public participation during the 90 day comments
period. The Guide is available in English, Afrikaans, Zulu and Xhosa on
http://www.deat.gov.za.
When the Bill becomes an Act of Parliament South Africa will for the first
time have a national Coastal Management Act in place for managing our
coastal zone, a priceless national asset.
When the Minister of Environmental Affairs and Tourism announced the
introduction of the Bill in December 2006 he emphasized the enormous social
and economic benefits derived from our coastline and the costs to society
associated with the mismanagement of the coast and its resources. He further
pointed out that economic and social opportunities for wealth creation and
equity are being missed and coastal ecosystems are being degraded.
The publication of the Bill for comment therefore represents a historical
opportunity for coastal stakeholders, interested and affected parties and
members of the general public to help shape the content of the proposed
Integrated Coastal Management Act.

Issued by Blessing Manale, Chief Director: Communications (Acting)
Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism
Cell: 083 381 2939 or 012 310 3862
Visit our website: www.deat.gov.za

CHARTER'S CREEK OPEN FOR DAY VISITORS

EZEMVELO KZN WILDLIFE MEDIA RELEASE
MEDIA RELEASE No: 2007 - 01
For immediate release
Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife (EKZNW) and the Wetland Authority announce that
Charters Creek on the western shore of Lake St Lucia in the Greater St Lucia
Wetland Park World Heritage Site, is open to day visitors once more after
drought forced its closure some years ago.
After the prolonged and severe drought that saw the closure of all the EKZNW
visitor facilities on the western shore of Lake St Lucia due to the
extremely low level of the Lake which prevented the launching of any boats,
and lack of domestic water, good rains have fallen in many areas around the
Lake since early December 2006.
Domestic water supplies to the western shore facilities are still not
completely restored, but Charter's Creek is once more open to day visitors
only.
In spite of significant inflows of water the level of Lake St Lucia is still
very low, but it is possible to launch small boats, although such launches
are still difficult due to the fact that the slipways are not yet covered by
water, and the water's edge is still some distance from the normal shoreline

The surface area of the Lake has increased from 30% to about about 50%, and
the Mkhuze River, which has not flowed in some five years, has inundated the
parched Mkhuze Swamp and is running into the northern part of the Lake.
During the drought the Lake had split into several seperate water bodies as
the level dropped, but with the recent rains and good inflow from the Mkhuze
River, these have all joined up once more to create one large stretch of
water.
The ban on taking kabeljou (kob, salmon) remains in place and will be
enforced, although several other species of fish are being taken by anglers.
Anglers who inadvertantly hook a kabeljou are requested immediately to
release the fish unharmed.
Should the fish have swallowed the hook, the line is to be cut as close to
the fish's mouth as possible and the fish released.
Anglers and other visitors wishing to use the day-visitor facilities at
Charter's Creek are advised to contact the Reception Office on 035 550 9002
to confirm conditions at the Lake.
Ends ...
AJG/ Media Release No: 2007 - 01

Fishing Report For February

Valentines falls on a Wednesday this year. It just happens to be the best
fishing days for February. Starting with three days before spring tide, you
guest it, 14 Feb, until two days after spring 18 Feb.

The bad news is that the mouth will still be closed, but Grunter and Salmon
are caught in the ocean side of the old mouth entrance. The best fishing
times will be about three hours before high tide until an hour after high
tide. Salmon are caught in the magic hour before sunset and Grunter will be
prevalent from about 3 o’ clock in the morning until sunrise.

Best bait for Salmon is Wave Garick on a sliding trace and Grunter will
prefer prawn or sea lice. Grunter also takes pencil bait or even thin
sardine resembling pencil bait. Fishing licenses are obtainable from KZN
Wildlife and General bait license are needed to take sea lice or mole crabs.

Do not fear the increase in sizes of the ghost crabs, they haven’t grown
gigantic yet. Their numbers are on the increase since the beach ban of 2001,
but this could also be due to the long drought that this area experienced.
The iMfolozi River did not deposit much of its toxic waste over the past
five years. We will sea what the impact will be after the good rains we had
in December.

Crime is a problem at the moment and we advice anglers to fish in groups and not to leave their vehicles an attended at the parking areas. Rather travel light and let some one drop you of and pick you up again. We hope to get a handle on these elements soonest.

Monday, January 29, 2007

December Feedback

<b>December 2006</b>
What a season. Whe had rain. Lots of. Not enough to breach the estuary into the ocean, but enough to break the drought a little. Currently Grunter and Salmon are caught Petrus Viviers 0835847473 www.forafrica.co.za

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