Govt's war on trout - by Ed Herbst

Ed Herbst on the likely consequences of efforts to declare the fish an invasive species.

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FOSAF's response to the DEA's Media Release of 07/03/2018 by Ilan Lax





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Trout SA presentation on the Aquaculture Bill: update by Ilan Lax 9 Feb 2018.

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Trout in Mpumalanga: Update by Ilan Lax 9 Feb 2018.

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Institutional change institutional isolation and biodiversity governance in South Africa by Juniours Marire

The world, in recent decades, has witnessed an incalculable surge in global "wicked" policy problems that have long-term, and most often irreversible, impacts, not least terrorism, climate change, biodiversity losses and desertification. Wicked problems are wicked because there is no single epistemological system that can adequately coordinate policy action for addressing them. Literature abounds with international case studies of opposition to national institutions that are designed to put into effect global and regional policies for resolving wicked problems. This raises questions about what constitutes reasonable institutions, how such institutions can be designed and why societies sometimes fail to develop such institutions despite the obvious need for them.

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State capture of aquaculture - Farmers Weekly article

Legislative control of the aquaculture industry in South Africa is so restrictive that it impedes any development.

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Smallmouth yellowfish in Free State dams – Leon Barkhuizen

Fisheries scientist Dr Leon Barkhuizen gives us the first comprehensive record of the occurrence, distribution and population structure of smallmouth yellowfish at dams in the Free State province.

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Doing the right thing - by Ian Cox

Apathy is a terrible thing. It disempowers good people and creates space in which bad people can do terrible things. Just look at what is happening at our universities where the lie that is the so called peaceful protests and the apathetic response of many vice chancellors and their management teams is destroying the future of our children and grandchildren.

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World Fisheries Day And Worshop On South African Swimway Programme - 21st of November

World Fisheries Day is celebrated every year on the 21st of November throughout the world by fishing communities, conservation authorities, government departments, academia, research organization, NGO’s and general public.

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NEMBA Update – 2005 to Sept 2016 by Ilan Lax

An edited record of the talk by Ilan Lax to the FOSAF EC AGM (Nov 2015) with some recent developments (as at September 2016)

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Flowers of Verloren Vlei at Dullstroom – an illustrated guide

Field guide to the orchids and selected flowers of Verloren Valei Nature Reserve, Dullstroom

by Gerrit van Ede

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Rondegat River Rehab. Project – articles relating to

Documents relating to the Rondegat River Rehabilitation Project

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The status of Trout in SA

“Trout … are well established in the upper reaches of many South African river systems.  An important recreational angling industry has developed around the two trout species, which also provides healthy recreation for a large number of people.  Trout farming is also well established in South Africa and has the highest yield of any one species in the aquaculture industry (Safriel & Bruton, 1984).  Clearly trout have a permanent place in the economy and ecology of South Africa.  We must not, however, lose sight of the fact that they are alien fishes, and that it is our unique and primary responsibility to safeguard the future of our own indigenous fishes.” quotation by de Moor & Bruton (1968)

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NEMBA Update (by Ilan Lax) (An edited record of the talk given to the FOSAF EC AGM – Nov. 2015)

The Chairman Brian Clark requested that Ilan Lax, FOSAF National chairman, give a summary for those not familiar with the ongoing NEMBA saga. Ilan then gave a background briefing on what FOSAF’s are regarding NEMBA and the regulation of trout.


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Mining and/or tourism development for job creation and sustainability in Dullstroom, Mpumalanga – Dr Llewellyn Leonard

Although the tourism sector has greater potential for job creation than the mining sector, the debate on which sector may be more sustainable for employment and local social development, has not been extensively researched, especially in the global South. The popular tourist destination of Dullstroom, Mpumalanga has come under threat from an increase in the number of mining applications for coal (and diamonds).


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Trout Value Added Chain – by Steve Vincent.

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Quo Vadis: Trout in Mpumalanga? – by Ilan Lax

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FishMAP pamphlet

With our rapidly expanding population and other global challenges comes increased stress on our natural ecosystems and biodiversity. This is especially true for freshwater ecosystems in Africa where pressures on freshwater resources are expected to intensify exponentially in upcoming decades. To make informed policy and management decisions about how to protect our freshwater biodiversity, we need data. That's where you come in. Powered by you, the citizen scientists, FishMAP is now collecting freshwater fish records from across Africa so that we can update species distribution records and fill in distribution gaps - information that is invaluable when it comes to conserving our freshwater fishes and their aquatic habitats. These are exciting times as never before has the potential contribution of citizen scientists to freshwater conservation in Africa been so great. Nature is the silent giver that brings us so much joy, and here is a chance for us to give back!

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Wattle clearing on the Umgeni by the NFFC - Andrew Fowler



The Natal Fly Fishers Club held its third clean-up day on the Upper Umgeni River on Saturday 12th September. Unlike previous clean-up days the club hired in professional tree fellers to join the party of volunteers, and farmer Russell Watson, provided no less than four tractors to assist. With this considerable man and machine power, a highly successful and satisfying day was had.


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WTA Economic Contribution


Presentation by Ian Cox at Walkersons meeting on 24/07/2015

July 2015 By Ian Cox For Trout South Africa

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NEM:BA Alien & Invasive Species Update

As reported last year FOSAF became aware that the Department of Environmental Affairs (“DEA”) was intent on pressing ahead with the implementation of a regulations framework that we were led to understand (on what little we at that stage could ascertain) was entirely different from that which we had commented and worked so hard on in the past. 

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Mining right for open cast coal mine granted in Dullstroom area.

The news that the WPB Colliery had been granted a mining right was greeted with shock by the SEI (Steenkampsberg Environmental Initiative) which is a coalition of FOSAF and major environmental NGO’s. Nearby landowners including the many flyfishing venues in the area were equally appalled. 

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EWT's Mining Toolkit

This is a great resource for all landowners, NGO's and the public in general who are confronted with problems from mining, particularly from those companies suspected of following incorrect procedures.

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New fly tying DVD by top SA guide

"Essential Fly Tying Techiques" by Tim Rolston is an electronic book, the likes of which has never before been seen.

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A plan to protect Mpumalanga's Trout Triangle

 In September 2011 we can expect a surge of new applications to prospect or even mine in the Steenkampsberg which is the heart of the province's famous Trout Triangle.

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Update on NEM:BA Alien & Invasive Species Regulations

The protracted process of finalising the draft NEM:BA alien and invasive species ("AIS") regulations drags on.

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Stocking Yellowfish: YWG Policy Statement June 2010

The YWG has reviewed its policy regarding the stocking of yellowfish (the moratorium) and has adopted the following policy statement:Read more>>

Catch & release guidelines for yellowfish anglers

Following reports in the media regarding catch & release induced stress in Vaal River yellowfish the YWG has decided to state its own position regarding C & RRead more>>

NEM:BA Mapping: Category 2 species

Dr Ernst Swartz and his team at SAIAB have completed the mapping for all these alien/invasive species including trout ........... 

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NEM:BA mapping: Category 2 alien fish species.

The proposed draft maps for alien species are now on the SAIAB website. To access these maps ...........Read more>>

Final EIA Report for the CFR rehabilitation project

The final EIA Report dated April 2009 has been published.

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