YELLOWFISH WORKING GROUP - YWG October 2019 Newsletter

 Dear YWG supporter,

 

A study of the Inkomati System

Gordon O’Brien tells us that a comprehensive study of the Inkomati system will commence next year and we plan to have more news about this in future newsletters. In the meantime, the Elands River, one of the most important tributaries of the system continues to be threatened by the illegal WPB Colliery at the headwaters. Despite bringing this to the notice of the DMR, DWS and even the police and provincial roads department little action has resulted. The group opposing the mine comprising mainly FOSAF, environmental NGO’s and the protected area bordering the site have to date spent R135 000, on legal fees and estimate that at least a further R120 000,00 will be required before this operation is halted by which time considerable damage will have been done. Most of the funds have been raised by the trout industry with the birding fraternity making an important contribution.

The Second Draft National Freshwater (Inland) Wild Capture Fisheries Policy.

This has been debated at a number of meetings around the country and FOSAF have now submitted their comments on the issue. The document was drawn up by our Dr Leonard Flemming with input from National Chairman Ilan Lax and it focuses primarily on gill netting and the very negative effect this fishing method has had on fish populations worldwide and is already having on our country. You can access the document by clicking here.

Sterkfontein Dam

Apparently, there are still a couple of places open for the TCFF Sterkfontein Experience of 8 to 10 November. For contact details please click here.

Kind regards,

Peter

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