Fishermen, surfers at loggerheads

2012-03-30 12:53

Cape Town - Fishermen and surfers at Muizenberg beach in Cape Town are at loggerheads over nets being cast in a swimming area, it was reported on Friday.

According to the Cape Times the fishermen, who had permits, cast their treknets at Surfer's Corner this week to catch a school of yellowtail that had entered False Bay.

All beaches in the bay were on high shark alert on Thursday as the fish could attract predators.

"Surfers and other beachgoers are extremely angry. It was so close to a surfer who almost got hit by the ropes," Surf Shack surfing school owner David Chudleigh told the newspaper.

"Ten years ago, Muizenberg was a dump, but surfing has helped improve the area dramatically. Fishermen are now having a greater impact on the beach."

Fisherman Jeff Patty said their permit allowed them to fish for yellowtail in that area.

"This is a tradition for us. We can trek, but we are also considerate. If the beach is crowded like it was on Human Rights Day we stay away."

Fishermen said they always gave advance notice of their activities to authorities.

Zigzag surfing magazine reported on Thursday that this is the third time in less than a month that fisherman had driven onto the beach and cast their nets from the shoreline. The previous two incidents resulted in the beach being closed when the shark alarm was sounded shortly after the nets were pulled in.

  • Rob - 2012-03-30 13:10

    This kind of thing has been happening for years on Durbans piers. Here many of the fisherman have no respect for other beach users & often play the race card, despite leaving the piers in a filthy mess, urinating off the piers, throwing debri in the water & getting drunk & disorderly. Surfers have a natural afinity for the ocean & are often the first to organise beach clean ups. Most of these fisherman just take from the sea & could'nt be bothered to clean up after them. Disgusting & they should not be allowed near public beaches.

      NrGx - 2012-03-30 13:22

      Totally agree, besides the fact that the fisherman could be attracting predators to the swimmers area. In true SA fashion, this will only be looked at when someone dies as a result. Having said that, this is CT, and Im sure through the right channels, this will be rectified sooner than later.

      bluzulu - 2012-03-30 18:46

      Neither Surfers or Fishermen should be allowed to display their wears at beaches where the Public is allocated via services(Lifeguards etc) to swim in safety.

  • Burtfred - 2012-03-30 13:41

    Why are the fishermen allowed to drive onto the beach? This is contrary to South Africa's environmental laws and the fishermen should be prosecuted.

      Pete - 2012-03-30 13:55

      BURTFRED - The trek netting is as traditional as the old "Kaapse Klopse", as a youngster I lived in the area and Muizenberg as well as Fishoek was one of the best places to launch. The surfer's claims that they've built Muizenberg back up is stretching it a little strong,

      Burtfred - 2012-04-24 15:31

      Ja Pete, and smoking dagga is also "traditional" - that doesn't make it legal.

  • bcluley - 2012-03-30 13:45

    so sad,as soon as theres a issue that doesnt invole the majority of the eish-country the government doesnt care,yet another useless issue of the racist anc government

  • bcluley - 2012-03-30 13:45

    so sad,as soon as theres a issue that doesnt invole the majority of the eish-country the government doesnt care,yet another useless issue of the racist anc government

  • weldon.broughton - 2012-03-30 13:59

    The fisherman have been doing this for the last 100 years

  • amanda - 2012-03-30 14:22

    why is this only becoming an issue now?? Why target Surfers Corner now? The trekkies have the use of Clovelly Beach and most other Beaches in False Bay - so whats up?

  • amanda - 2012-03-30 14:29

    Cant wait for the next exciting episode in the Echo and Peoples Post. Yawn.

  • Frankie - 2012-03-30 15:06

    food is important,surfing is not

  • Kobus - 2012-03-30 16:16

    maybe if these surfers were at work like the rest of society there would be no problem. who cares if a couple of lazy bums cant catch a wave for 3 days of the month? muizenberg beach is huge, just surf somewhere else for the half an hour it takes the fishermen to haul in their catch. Trek fishermen have been doing this for way longer than surfing has existed, the ocean doesn't only belong to the surfers.

  • arne.verhoef - 2012-03-30 16:25

    Very selfish surfers, thinking they own the place How about letting these guys do their thing, as long as they do it responsibly and not too regularly

  • Joe - 2012-03-30 19:23

    Stop complaining and move to Australia. I did and life is great, clean, safe and no natives screwing up the country :)

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