Effluent spill hits fishing

2013-09-14 00:00

THERE was no fishing yesterday at Merebank Cuttings beach south of Durban due to an effluent spill that occurred at around 11 am.

“It was oily and blackish with sludge and sewage,” said Desmond D’Sa of the South Durban Community Environmental Alliance (SDCEA). “It will take about five days to clear.”

Veolia Water, eThekweni Southern Effluent Plant and Mondi all utilise the canal from which the spillage came. However, it was not possible to identify which entity was responsible for the spillage.

The eThekweniMunicipality were contacted for comment but had not responded by the time of going to press.

When Weekend Witness visited the beach, several frustrated local fishermen were contemplating the discoloured water. One man who did not want to be named said: “I rely on the ocean for my livelihood. I have to pay a fishing licence, which is fair enough because I take stuff from the ocean. But nobody is looking after the ocean.”

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