Thursday, March 29, 2007

St. Lucia Land Fill Site - filled to the brim.


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St. Lucia Land Fill Site - filled to the brim.


By: Petrus Viviers
083 584 7473
28 March 2007

It is clear the St. Lucia's fragile Eco System has been over exposed since the acquisition of World Heritage Site Status in December 1999. Neither the Authorities, Rate Payers Associations and Environment can cope with the influx of Developers cutting into their piece of the dream. With a small economy based infra structure St. Lucia Estuary, the town's resources are drawing to an
end. The regional Districts Water supply to the town is inadequate. The town has outgrown its energy supply in the past five years. Now the Land fill site has collapsed under pressure of new development.

St. Lucia has always made use of a very small land fill site that had to rely on recycling to meet the demands of waste disposal of the ever growing community. Glass where sorted by color and on a regular basis removed by recycling companies. Garden refuse has been burned on a weekly basis to make space for the next load. Home refuse where sorted into burnable and non burnable rubbish. With great effort from the residents a balance where maintained not to
swamp this land fill site.

Focus has shifted from the less demanding domestic tourist to the more luxury market that is filled by eco tourist. This happened after the 4x4 ban that starved St. Lucia from its traditional income source. Following in this wake where the rapidly expanding Bed and Breakfast Market. Scruples developers flocked in from all over the world to explore this market. Many
holiday homes that where occupied for approximately 100 days per year where bought up and changed into money spinning endeavors turning thousands of bed nights per year.

Local developer has demolished an existing residential house because it did not fit into the plan of his new up market accommodation establishment. With no Idea where to put these tons of building rubble and with out the knowledge of the working of the towns infra structure, he had no other option to dump all this rubble, with steel, wire and plumbing intact onto the local land fill site. With in two days the land fill site at St. Lucia Estuary where totally swamped with un recyclable building rubble. At time of this publication he had no intention or contingency plan for this mega tons of unusable waste.

Building rubble broken down into bricks and concrete lumps are a valuable housing commodity for Khula Village and Duku Duku South. These huge un broken slabs of rubble has no use in this under developed community. It appears that it is not the first time that said developer has used earth moving equipment to run spoils from his development to the small land fill site on the
border of the Greater St. Lucia Wetland Park World Heritage Site.

Braking this down into smaller manageable size lumps would fit into the waste management plan of the town and would have lead to valuable job creation for the neighboring communities.
Renting of large earth moving equipment only leads to rapid degrading of valuable road infra structure. The Zulu's religion and tradition is based on respect. Respect for ones neighbors,
their things and their homes. A very power full leader once said. "When in Rome do as the Romans do". With only hope and perseverance can we wish for some of this diligence to rub off on the influx of the mighty Western Culture.

Festive season April 2007

Security – St. Lucia Estuary
The town of St. Lucia Estuary is geared up to ensure a secure holiday for visitors this festive season. With all the stakeholders working together to fight crime it can only have positive results.

Storm Damage:
No significant storm damage is noticeable in The Greater St. Lucia Wetlands Park area that could influence the stay off the holidaymakers in and around St. Lucia Estuary. Except from the walk way behind Sugar Loaf, which where destroyed, and sediment deposits at the parking area at the mouth the damage is limited to soil erosion along the coast line. (The mouth has opened.)

Mouth Open:
St. Lucia mouth has opened up, and all the sediment that was dumped in 2001 with Jolly Rubino disaster and in 2006/2007 to prevent the iMfolozi mouth and St. Lucia Estuary from merging, has been eroded and dispersed.

Fishing:
With the spring tide on 02 April 2007 good fishing conditions are expected. This weekend, 29, 30 and 31 April, will be rainy and wind directions will vary. By Monday, 2 April 2007, it will clear and shad could be caught early in the morning and late in the afternoon.

Grunter will probably be present with the out going tide from before sunrise until 09h00 in the morning and from 16h00 until 21h00 in the afternoon and evening. Best time for Salmon fishing will be from 16h00 to 19h30.

Best Spots:From the ski boat club around the Estuary banks to the mouth area. From the mouth to shad hole and marker no. 4 will also be popular.

Bait:
Sardine and prawn in the Estuary and mouth area. Sea lice in the surf and Wave Garrick or Shad on sliding swivel for Salmon.

Warning:
Keep the beaches clean. All fishing permits must be kept handy. Stick to bag and size limits.
Respect other user groups and remember it is a privilege to fish in a World Heritage Site.

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Mufamadi to visit areas hit tidal waves


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Mufamadi to visit areas hit by high tidal waves along
the coastline of KwaZulu-Natal


26 March 2007


The Minister for Provincial and Local Government Sydney Mufamadi, responsible
for disaster management, will tomorrow Tuesday, 27 March 2007, visit the
south-east of Kwazulu-Natal after high tidal waves left considerable structural
damage along the beachfront, forcing more than twenty people to be evacuated.


The tidal waves which hit the south-east of Kwazulu-Natal on the 17 and 18
March, 2007 reached up to 10 metres high in some areas, leaving some 16 people
with minor injuries evacuated from the Marine Parade and Blue Lagoon. A further
seven people were evacuated from Isipingo Island Hotel in the Ethekwini Metro.


Other worst hit areas include Ugu, and Illembe District Municipalities where
sewage pipes were washed away. In Ugu there is significant damage to the
beachfront area of Margate and Port Edwards. Ballito and Umdloti beachfronts in
Illembe district are also affected.

"We are doing all we can to lessen the impact of this disaster on our people.
Air support was provided to assist with immediate evacuation. We will now
undertake an assessment on the extent of damage to the infrastructure and
further assistance will be given from the national government to reconstruct and
rehabilitate the affected areas," Mufamadi said.

The relevant local and district municipalities are giving consideration to
declaring the affected areas individually as Local Disaster in terms of the
Disaster Management Act of 2002. This allows for the municipalities to take
extraordinary measures like road closure to limit the inconvenience of the high
tidal waves to the people as well as to allocate a certain percentage of the
total municipal budget for dealing with the disaster.

For more information please contact:

Zandile Ratshitanga
Spokesperson
Ministry of Provincial and Local Government
Tel: (012) 334 0993
Cell: 082 460 2041
E-mail: zandi.ratshitanga@dplg.gov.za

Issued by: Ministry for Provincial and Local Government
26 March 2007

Sunday, March 25, 2007

..stop the slaughter of over 5000 Elephants



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If you had a real chance to help stop the slaughter of over
five thousand elephants, would you take it?





An elephant slaughter of this size and scope is unprecedented in international conservation history

An elephant slaughter of this size and scope is unprecedented in international conservation history


A magnificent herd such as this, can be killed in less than 40 seconds

A magnificent herd such as this, can be killed in less than 40 seconds In 2005, South African National Parks decided to end a ten year ban on culling and proposed the slaughter of between 5,000 and 7,000 African Elephants to solve a claimed overpopulation problem in Kruger National Park. An elephant slaughter of this size and scope is unprecedented in international conservation history.


The approved method of culling is to surround and trap each family herd, and then gun them down with high powered rifles - males, females and babies - intelligent, emotional and peaceful living creatures. An entire herd can be put down in less than 40 seconds.

The trauma experienced by the surviving elephants in the park would be massive.

In November of 2005, The Earth Organization took the issue to the public through an international press conference held in Johannesburg, South Africa. On The Earth Organization panel were Dr. Ian Raper, head of the Southern Africa Association for the Advancement of Science and Chairman of the The Earth
Organization Scientific Advisory Board, and Professor John Skinner, President of the Royal Society of South Africa and The Earth Organization Scientific Advisory Board member.

In the press conference, Professor Skinner issued a statement that : "There is not a shred of evidence in the primary scientific literature demonstrating that Elephants are adversely affecting biodiversity." It is clear that several of the countries top scientific experts are stating that the cull is not necessary. Unfortunately however there remains a strong push for a cull to be part of a solution..

This press conference made national news on every network station in South Africa, CNN, NBC, ABC and CBS in the US and BBC News and Sky News in Europe. All told, an estimated half billion people worldwide would have been reached with the news story.

Contraception as a solution.

Ten years of research and testing is nearing completion at the Faculty of Veterinary Science at the University of Pretoria, South Africa, on a new organic, non-hormonal contraceptive for use on elephant females. The treatment is completely safe, natural, reversible and does not affect females who are already pregnant.

Currently, the contraceptive is a one shot 2 year solution, meaning that a female elephant darted with the contraceptive will not fall pregnant for the next 2 years. However, scientists are continuing research to create a one shot 5 year solution.

Elephant culling has, until now, been the recognized method of keeping down elephant populations around the world. With this new and unique contraceptive solution, we will change the emphasis on elephant management forever. A solution that can simply be administered via a dart, and which will last for years, is
revolutionary, and could spare the lives of thousands of elephants in South Africa and many more throughout Africa.

This new solution could become a reality but WE DO NEED YOUR HELP TO PULL IT OFF. The Earth organization is the only group taking responsibility for raising the funding to complete this vital research and develop a means of delivering the contraceptive simply and efficeintly via a dart. If we fail, the elephant cull will undoubtedly go ahead.

Elephants are extremely intelligent emotional creatures, with strong family ties. They have been known to return to the resting places of their dead kin. The whole mood of a herd has been seen to alter when one of them dies or is killed, which has led to the belief that they actually mourn the dead.

Can you imagine the trauma if thousands of elephants are slaughtered?

If you have ever felt that donations to environmental issues fall into a bottomless pit, or that no matter how much protesting and picketing occurs, its not really going to make a difference, here is a chance for you to do something that will really change things.

We have the researchability, the technology and experts to make contraception an integral part of future elephant population management. It is just a matter of raising the necessary funding.

By contributing to this effort, you will have the satisfaction of knowing that you personally had a direct effect, in not only saving thousands of elephants, but saving the lives of a great many elephants throughout Africa in decades to come.

Please help take responsibility for this planet and its life forms.

WILL YOU, CAN YOU, HELP RAISE $250,000 TO AVOID THE LARGEST ELEPHANT CULL IN HISTORY.

MAKE YOUR CONTRIBUTION NOW or JOIN AS A MEMBER. EVERY LITTLE BIT COUNTS.

Premier Ndebele commends people of KwaZulu-Natal


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Premier Ndebele commends people of KwaZulu-Natal

20 March 2007


KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sibusiso Ndebele has commended the people of KwaZulu-Natal for the manner in which they rallied together during the adverse weather conditions experienced in the province over the past two days.

The Premier also expressed his condolences to the families and relatives of those killed and wished those injured a speedy recovery.

Emergency services personnel including officials from the South African Police Service (SAPS), ambulance services, provincial government, local government, the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) as well as ordinary members of the public all rallied together to ensure that the loss of life was minimised. For this we are extremely grateful to the people of KwaZulu-Natal.

Officials from the provincial Department of Local Government and Traditional Affairs in conjunction with the respective municipalities will today assess the full impact of the damage caused which is expected to run
into millions of rands.

On the South Coast alone it is estimated that damage to mainly government infrastructure, including roads and amenities at the beaches, runs into almost half a billion rands.

"As at the early hours of this morning (20 March 2007) most of the affected areas in the province were reported to be back to normal. However, emergency services will remain on standby to monitor the situation. We also want to assure visitors to our province that we are working hard to ensure that the situation returns to normal," said Ndebele.

Most of the damage to the coastline from St Lucia in the north of the province to Port Edward in the south occurred during the high tide in the early hours of Monday morning.

Officials and residents along the entire coastline were seen cleaning up and officials were doing their level best to protect members of the public.

The SA Weather Service in Durban said winds in excess of 40 knots [80kph or gale force] were reported on Sunday night. The heavy weather forced the closure of all port operations in Durban and Richards Bay.

It was reported that the particularly high tides experienced on Monday and Tuesday was due to the alignment of the moon, sun and earth. This compounded with the strong onshore winds had caused the huge surf.

Media contact:

Logan Maistry
Spokesperson to Premier Ndebele
KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Government
Cell: 083 644 4050
E-mail: maistryl@premier.kzntl.gov.za

Issued by: Office of the Premier, KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Government
20 March 2007
Source: SAPA

Saturday, March 24, 2007

Fishing Report 24 March 2007


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March 24 2007


Brushing teeth with beer? Wesley with his Grunter. These guys from Mandini kept their fishing spot clean and had loads of patience with the younger children entering the fishing fraternity. Anglers like these are always
welcome to share the coast with. Thanks Guys.

Nick Alberts from Steelpoort stole the lime light with his Salmon that where size. Caught with Sardine after the tide has turned


Only a few Grunters came out but most of them reached the legal limit. Some just about shad where also caught, but the real sad part was al the small Salmon that did not make the grade. The one Nick caught had many people green with envy. The good news is from the variety and size of species caught it is evident
that Nature is restocking the Estuary for next time.

Best bait would be sea lice. Permit is needed to take this bait. Best place is north of marker number 4. Enjoy the walk. I will be their this afternoon collecting bait for tomorrow.

Friday, March 23, 2007

Big plans for Wetlands Park

March 23, 2007
Zululand OBSERVER


Big plans for Wetlands Park

ON 1 May the Wetland Authority is taking over the management of the St Lucia beach front. This includes the undertaking of extensive repairs and ensuring appropriate service levels.
At Cape Vidal, Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife have committed to undertaking the required repairs and maintenance to ensure that the day visitor facilities will be in a proper working order - this includes taps, showers and toilet cisterns.
The water issues at Cape Vidal are related to the rather erratic municipal supply to St Lucia town and the southern section of the Wetland Park experienced during December 2006. The Park is currently installing an auxiliary water system for emergencies in future.
Parking areas are also being rehabilitated by Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife following the heavy December rains.

Improvements
Braai grids are available on request from the Vidal reception office at Cape Vidal. This service will be advertised more prominently to day visitors.
We hope that many will have noticed the conservation successes and improvements on the Eastern Shores over the last few years.
These include the removal of 15 000 hectares of exotic pine plantations and significant changes in the game viewing experience due to the introduction and increase in the numbers of game such as zebra, oribi, white rhino, kudu, buffalo, water buck and hippo.
Visitor access in normal sedan vehicles has also significantly improved with the tarring of the 33km road from St Lucia to Cape Vidal and an additional 18km western shores game drive route.
By Easter another two 2x4 game drive loop roads along with pan view point roads will be open to visitors.
The complete rebuilding of the 4km Mission Rocks road is underway.
Also in process, is the building of new serviced public picnic site overlooking the Lake St Lucia at Catalina Bay and Mission Rocks view point.
A new state of the art hide with 2x4 access is being built at the Mfabeni pan. The Cape Vidal gate and car park at the crocodile farm is also being upgraded.
These upgrades are not limited to the Eastern Shores.
On the Western Shores a new section of park will be open shortly along with a 2x4 game drive from St Lucia to Charter’s Creek with new hides, game viewing roads and other infrastructure.
Like the Eastern Shores thousands of hectares of pine plantations have been removed and game such as elephant, black and white rhino, giraffe, buffalo, tsetsesbe, water buck introduced.
Day visitor upgrades and conservation improvements are also in progress in the uMkhuze Game Reserve and Sodwana section of the World Heritage Site.

Job creation
Implementation of signage and park furniture programme (benches, braai’s etc.) begins in March 2007 and over the next two financial years signage and furniture in day visitor areas across the Park will be replaced. The Eastern Shores and St Lucia beach front are part of Phase 1 of this roll-out.
Importantly, significant local spin offs have been created in this process. Over 50 SMME have been contracted per annum and 4500 local jobs created each year. More than the 350 jobs dune mining would have been created.
In order to help us manage a World Heritage site that we can all be proud of, we appeal to locals and tourists who care about the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park to contact us directly to report compliance issues, concerns or complaints.
Please contact Wetland Authority’s Media Officer, Pontso Pakkies, at wetlandmedia@mweb.co.za for general issues or Peter Hartely, Compliance Officer on hartelypete@mweb. co.za for compliance issues. Both can be contacted on 035 5901633.
Alternatively Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife tourism related issues contact Ian Porter at iporter@kznwildlife.com or 031 274 1158 or conservation issues Dirk Rousouw at roussouwd@kznwildlife.com or 035 5909002.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Tidal Surge 20 March 2007

This was no ordinary storm surge. It started off with huge waves and a strong South-South Westerly wind on 18 March 2007. By 20 March the winds has calmed down and changed to a moderate North Easterly wind. By Tuesday evening it was a nice calm day with very high tides.

Well this was a spring tide equinox to remember for some years to come. The face of the Estuary changed for a long time emphasizing the power of Nature and the dynamics of an ever-changing eco system. The damage, although extensive to some other parts of the coast eg Durban and Umloti, was minimal in St. Lucia town and Wetlands Park.

The main contributing factor is the lack of infra structure development in the coastal regions. For many years KZN Wildlife has restricted development to a bare minimum. Recreational 4x4 vehicles mostly used the area, and they require minimum infrastructure and had very little impact on the surroundings.
Durban and the South Coast suffered major infrastructure loss. This is due to hard surface development with in the coastal zone. Some development where right on the high water mark in areas that where flooded in the late ’70 and early 80’s.

Storm Surge

Friday, March 16, 2007

Equinox Explained

Twice a year, on the change of seasons, equinox occurs. Directly translated from Latin it means equal nights. At this point in time high seas surges are experienced. When equinox co-insides with a spring tide, the surges will be higher than other years. If it so happens that a lunar eclipse is at hand, close to an equinox an even higher surge is experienced.

Every now and then the Moon is on its closest path to the earth. When these co-insides with equinox and a lunar eclipse on spring tide really heavy sea surges are at hand. What is really going to be spectacular during the week from the 18th of March and 25th of March 2007 is that the moon is on its closest path to the earth in a long time. (about 60 years)

These will co-insides with a new moon spring tide and probably two cyclones pushing from the sea. It could lead to a spectacular worth watching. What better place to experience it than St. Lucia Estuary Mouth. Be there 21st March 2007. Swells could rise up to 6m plus. Not only an experience of a lifetime but it could equal the size of the surge that wiped Phuket in 2004. (No Tsunami Warning. Just a high sea surge prediction.)

Fishing Report, 16 March 2007

With spring tide around the corner and St. Lucia Mouth being open St. Lucia is expecting a bumper weekend. Fishing has been fair over the past two weeks but nothing exceptional. Various sizes of shad are coming out and some Salmon, Grunter and Blood Snappers have graced anglers with their presence.

 

Rain is building up over the Wetlands, which is a good thing for the fresh water table that needs to rise some more, but it could spell hard work for leisure anglers that prefer sunny weather. With the clean sea water entering the system reports have been received from Tour Boat operators of prawns frolicking up to wards the narrows.

 

Tidal movement over the Mangrove swap forest air roots will establish colonies of fiddler crabs and mangrove snails. With these eco systems re-establishing them selves rapidly, we can expect bigger predators to follow. Fresh water flora species is dying off and will soon decay completely.

 

High seas are expected between the 20th and 25th of March 2007. Swells could exceed 3.5m and if another cyclone or storm manifests it self in the area, swells could become even higher. Weather changes pre-seeding this period will lead to successful catches being made.

 

Deep Sea:

Bottom fish catches has been exceptional but game fish have been eluding the anxious anglers. Some nice skipjacks have been caught. Easter Holidays will be fully booked and recreational anglers should consider spending time outside of this period.

 
Petrus Viviers
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St Lucia score in tough conditions

March 16, 2007
Zululand OBSERVER

St Lucia score in tough conditions

Rudolph Scheepers

ZULULAND Shore Angling hosted the ninth round of the year during the past weekend. Sea conditions were extremely bad due to the cyclone off the coast of Madagascar.
With the huge waves and rough seas it was impossible to fish any of the beaches and most clubs opted to fish in the bricks where they could target reef fish.
St Lucia A managed to get a good score of 93.8 points in these difficult conditions to win the round.
Umzingazi A ended up close behind them in second place on 93.3 points.
Top angler for the weekend was Clive Hunter of Umzingazi Angling Club on 31.1 points.
Top master angler was L Govender also of Umzingazi on 26.9 points.
L V Duyker was the top women angler on 19.8 points also fishing for Umzingazi while top junior went to J Carrol of Tugela AC on 4.4 points.

Top 10 anglers for the round
1 C Hunter, uMzingazi - 31.1 points
2 L Young, Mtunzini - 28.4 points
3 L Govender, uMzingazi - 26.9 points
4 P Blignaut, St Lucia - 21 points
5 C d’Offay, St Lucia - 20.6 points
6 L van Duyker, uMzingazi - 19.8 points
7 D Steenkamp, uMzingazi - 16.1 points
8 S Mathura, uMzingazi - 16.1 points
9 R Cason, St Lucia - 15 points
10 J Hills, uMzingazi - 14.7 points

Top 10 teams
1 St Lucia A - 93.8 points
2 uMzingazi A - 93.3 points
3 uMzingazi B - 59.9 points
4 Mtunzini A - 36.6 points
5 Tugela A - 34.4 points
6 Kwambo A - 27.8 points
7 RBAC A- 18.2 points
8 St Lucia B - 14.2 points
9 QAC A - 12.4 points
10 RBAC B - 6.2 points

Top 15 anglers on the ladder
1 T Sims - 586.9 points
2 B Rapson - 480 points
3 A Naiker - 457.2 points
4 C Hunter - 429.2 points
5 C d’Offay - 412.9 points
6 R Scheepers - 399.3 points
7 D Hunter - 390.9 points
8 B Moodley - 386.8 points
9 N van Blerk - 379.5 points
10 R Kyle - 367.4 points
11 R Woodley - 362.9 points
12 C Woodley - 359.6 points
13 J van Ede - 356.4 points
14 M Beukes - 342.7 points
15 CJ Visagie - 335.8 points.

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Mouth Opening Controversial or not.


The Zululand Observer has a balanced article regarding the pro's and con's of the Estuary Mouth that naturally opened recently. Improvement in fishing conditions was almost immediately. With the high seas expected in the week of the 20th March 2007 it is likely that the opening will be more permanent. Park Authorities, whom have adopted a hands off approach, are relentless to say what is the future of the mouth.



During the prolonged closure of the Estuary feeding habits of crocodiles has changed dramatically and the public contributed to these prehistoric animals loosing their fear for man kind. A unexpected fisherman where taken one evening from behind a huge dead tree that he used as a shelter between him and the water. He had a small fire going from driftwood logs. None of this was detergent enough to protect him from the crocodile attacking.


It is clear that if the drought continues the mouth will quickly close up again. Good preparation during the drought has lead to positive salinity readings upwards from Brodies Crossing and well established sediment traps prevented disaster from striking. With the ocean being higher than the Lake Levels water flooded into the system, carrying vast deposits of sediment.



Water Levels at Catalina Bay are on the rise. It seems to be a pain staking slow process. With Charters Creeck that opened a little earlier this year to the public, day visitors only, after it was closed down due to low water levels after the mouth
was closed mechanically during the Jolly Rubino disaster.


With a low energy system, like the St. Lucia Estuary during drought conditions, the system cannot flush it self and sediment deposits carried in from the ocean settles higher up in the Lake. Only large floods like Demonia from 1984 and floods like the 1987 can make a real difference flushing this sediment back to the ocean. With all the soil erosion in the catchments
areas of the rivers flowing into the sea, a continues built up of sand is experienced on the Tugela Shelve. This sand migrates, through wave action and tidal currents, from South to North and end up in front of low energy Estuary
systems. One of these rivers carrying tons of sediment down with it's flood waters is the iMfolozi River.

Friday, March 09, 2007

St Lucia mouth wide open

THE Lake St Lucia mouth which breached last Friday has widened to about 110m.By Tuesday the Narrows water levels had risen by 10 cm at low tide to 70 cm at high tide above what it was prior to the breaching of the mouth.Salinity varies from just below that of sea water at 34 ppt (parts of salt per thousand) near the mouth to 30 ppt at Potters Channel (measured on the morning of 5 March).Much of this incoming seawater is moving up the Narrows and is flowing over the natural ‘spillway’ at Makakatana into Catalina Bay.There has not been a large increase in Lake water levels as the water is spreading out over a large surface area, according to a Wetland Park Authority press release.It is expected that the lake will continue to fill over the next six weeks, to an equilibrium level which will be a bit lower than mean lake level.This will be mainly seawater with a salinity concentration of over 30 ppt throughout.Quantities of sediments have also been brought into the estuary over the past four days.As a precaution against this sort of event, Park managers had dredged a sediment trap. While significant quantities of this sediment have been trapped during peak tides when the current is flowing strongly, sediment would have passed over the trap.The inflowing seawater is expected to bring more sediment over the next several weeks.The situation is dynamic and will continue to be monitored closely by Park ecologists and managers over the next few weeks.

Artical by Zululand Observer

Sunday, March 04, 2007

St. Lucia Water Level Update

Water where rushing in through the gap since about 03h00 on 03 March 2007.
It was clear that continues in flow of water into the system where due to
the fact that the Estuary levels where much lower than that of the ocean.
With the rise of high tide by late afternoon many an aspiring fisherman
where lining the banks of the Estuary awaiting the long lost big ones
entering the system.

The Cyclone pushing hard from behind and the high spring tide must have had
the big ones on the run. Only a couple of very large slippery eels where
caught. Some more fortunate anglers caught some nice size grunters in the
surf next to the new mouth. The high swells made fishing in the surf very
unpleasant and only the hardy anglers persisted.

With the high tides expected around the weekend of 20 March 2007 it might be even more spectacular to watch the ocean on that weekend. Neap tides this coming weak may slow down the force of the wave action and could lead to more pleasant fishing conditions.

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