FOSAF NEWS - Proposal for catch and release of dusky kob in the Breede River estuary - by Conrad Botes

All anglers concerned with the future of the Breede river system, and especially the Breede river estuary, should pay attention to a notice posted in the Government Gazette.

Anton Bredell, Minister for Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning in the Western Cape, have given notice of the submission of the Breede River Estuarine Management Plan (EMP) to the National Minister of Environmental Affairs for final approval. You can read the proposal here:

https://www.westerncape.gov.za/eadp/sites/eadp.westerncape.gov.za/files/your-resource-library/Breede_EMP_Gazetted%20June%202016%20%28final%20master%29.pdf

 

It is a lengthy document, and I suggest you take a look at it; it proposes among other things, a thorough plan for restoration and rehabilitation.But for me, the most important proposal is to establish the Breede river estuary as a catch and release zone for dusky kob. Concerned individuals are invited to submit to the Minister their comments or inputs. I implore every angler that cares about the future of the Breede River to submit a letter to the minister supporting the management system and in particular to call for the catch and release of dusky kob in the Breede River. I am also asking you to please call for the daily catch limit of 5 spotted grunter per person per day, to be reduced to 2 spotted grunter per person per day.

This is your chance to make a difference. You can submit your letter to both the following email addresses:

coastal.enquiries@westerncape.gov.za

zain.jumat@westerncape.gov.za

 Submissions closes on the 19th of August 2016

If you don't have time for a long letter, please just copy and paste the following paragraph and send it to the email addresses above:

I strongly support the proposal to establish the Breede River Estuary as a catch and release zone for dusky kob, argyrosomus japonicus.

 

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