FOSAF NEWS - FOSAF Northern Region AGM to be held at 10am on Sat 27th July at Higher Ground Conference Centre, St Stithians College, Randburg

Notice is hereby given that the 25th Annual General Meeting of the Northern Region Chapter will be held at the One & All Club Conference Room, Higher Ground Restaurant, St Stithians School, Randburg on Saturday 27th July 2019 at 10am.

 

         AGENDA

  1. Welcome
  2. Apologies
  3. Confirmation of Minutes of 07/07/2018
  4. Matters Arising
  5. Chairman’s Report
    1. Membership –club/syndicate project
      1. Progress in the NR area.
      2. Conditions of membership
    2. Book sales
    3. Website, Facebook, Social media, Flyfishing Magazine
    4. Youth issues
    5. YWG
    6. GLPE & mining issues
    7. NEMBA/Trout issues
    8. Northern Trout Association
    9. Regional newsletters
    10. Other
  6. Financial Reports: FOSAF Northern Region & Flyfishing Publications cc
  7. Election of office bearers & succession
  8. General
  9. Closure

Note: Drinks may be purchased at the restaurant. Everyone welcome.

RSVP: Peter at mwardern@mweb.co.za

 

What does FOSAF do for fly fishing in South Africa?

Firstly, it is important to note that FOSAF is an advocacy group which represents the interests of flyfishers and your right to fish.

Therefore, it is doing the following:

 

    1. FOSAF is taking the Department of Environmental Affairs to court to set aside the latest version of the draft NEMBA Alien & Invasive Species Regulations. Our case is a procedural challenge based on the Minister’s complete failure to consult correctly as required by the law. Based on the precedent set rhino horn moratorium case we believe we have a good prospect of success.  Our case does not deal with the department’s purist insistence that trout be listed as “invasive” and this may well entail a separate case for the future. FOSAF relies on the legal definition of the term “invasive” which is different to the many different scientific definitions.  Scientific opinion should not be allowed to masquerade as evidence especially when it is at odds with the requirements of the law.  We are hopeful that our case will come before court later in 2019 and we will keep you updated of progress.

    2. FOSAF has worked with trout producers and other value chain members to set up Trout South Africa (TSA) as a commodity group under the then DAFF.  This has entailed also setting up regional TSA components like the Northern Trout Association.  Much effort has gone into assisting with the permitting of trout stocking across the regions, but especially in Mpumalanga where the officials concerned have been obstructive and uncooperative.

    3. Through TSA we have had access into AGRI SA and through it into Business Unity SA.  This has given our small organisation a voice at many high level fora like NEDLAC and Parliament where the Aquaculture Development Bill (which will controversially make aquaculture and your ability to access fish for flyfishing extremely tenuous) and other legislation affecting flyfishing have been debated.

    4. FOSAF has been dealing with legislative and policy issues at a national level on behalf of flyfishers.  Are you aware that the national Department of Fisheries (now part of the reconstituted DEFF) has circulated a second iteration of its now called “National Freshwater (Inland) Wild Capture Fisheries Policy” and has purported to consult nationally on this with stakeholders? This new proposed policy will pose a number of challenges for riparian owners and recreational anglers.

    5. In the Gauteng area our Northern Region is heavily involved with allies to try and reverse the escalating pollution of the province’s rivers.  Similarly, NR committee members manage the Yellowfish Working Group to ensure the survival of these iconic fish.

    6. Also, in Gauteng our Northern Region committee members have assisted with riparian zone clean ups, environmental education and flyfishing for the youth.  All of this is aimed at showing flyfishing has a relevance to the need for education and upliftment in SA.

    7. And in the Dullstroom and surrounding areas Northern Region, together with close allies, have for years been opposing the continued application by mining companies for prospecting and mining licences.  FOSAF funds and support this work which is aimed at ensuring the environmental integrity of this important catchment which is also one of the biggest flyfishing areas in SA.

 

Lastly, it is important to stress that most of this work is done on a voluntary basis.

 

To join FOSAF go to https://www.fosaf.org.za/ and click on JOIN

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