Fishing ban for E Cape beaches mooted

2011-12-04 14:25

Johannesburg - A spokesperson for the Nelson Mandela Bay municipality says officials are considering a ban on fishing close to recreational beaches in Port Elizabeth.

Spokesperson Kupido Baron said that the suggestion was being considered after it became apparent that chumming - a custom of throwing cut fish in the sea to catch sharks - was taking place close to surfing, paddling and swimming areas.

The municipality beach office has recommended a ban on angling from Kings Beach (Southern) Harbour Wall, to Flat Rock (Beacon).

Areas of 500m within lifeguard demarcated bathing areas would be affected.

These included Bluewater Bay, St Georges Strand, Brighton Beach and Wells Estate.

Wild Side beaches such as Maitlands, Blue Horizon Bay and Van Stadens River Mouth are also included.

The ban was considered after members of the public raised concerns that chumming close to recreation areas could be dangerous.

The municipality said a public participation process would be started soon.

Baron said the measures would not mean a complete ban.

Angling would still be allowed from Beacon down towards Willows, Schoenmakerskop and locations outside bathing areas.

If the bylaws are enacted, transgressors could face a maximum fine of R10 000 and the areas under consideration would be monitored by closed circuit television.

  • Terence - 2011-12-04 14:55

    Pathetic. If we were having shark attacks maybe it should be considered but we are NOT. If the Municipality has money to spend on enforcing a fishing ban let the resources first be directed at the Perlemoen Poachers who are running amoc. This is another case of the "Mother Grundies" sticking their noses into things that they simply do not understand.

      MikeLearview - 2011-12-04 15:58

      My first reaction on seeing the headline was that the ban was being considered because of the litter, tangled fishing line & sharp rusty hooks that a few inconsiderate anglers always leave behind. Now that I've read the article, I'm horrified to learn that sharks are being deliberately encouraged to come closer to areas set aside for bathing. I think the ban is a sensible idea. I also think it's sensible to stop any form of poaching, but that's not the subject of this article.

      goyougoodthing - 2011-12-04 17:49

      I think they should ban fishing full stop and in KZN too. Durban beaches are littered with little fishing men and their bait, stink and lines and hooks. It is disgusting.

  • jaccil - 2011-12-04 16:52

    How about installing CCTV and monitoring for real crime that ACTUALLY affects our lives on a daily basis? How does the effect of recreational fishing activities compare to those of violent crimes committed in this country? This motion is absolutely ridiculous! I'd suggest that, at most, they restrict fishing in these areas to certain times, as at some other beaches (like the Strand).

  • Chris - 2011-12-04 16:58

    How many shark attacks have we had in PE in the last 10 years? Of all the things that NMMM can come up with... I for one will be out there fishing... First they took away the driving on beaches, and this did make some sort of sense - some guys out there gave us all a bad name, but to ban fishing, come on guys...

  • Jane - 2011-12-04 17:02

    Another silly, ill-informed knee-jerk reaction to one incident where the culprit was chumming close to a beach so that the overseas film crew onboard could film birds diving in the water. It is a lie that the chumming was done to "catch sharks"; the only commercial fisherman with a license to catch sharks and export their products overseas uses long-lines and DOES NOT operate anywhere close to the swimming beaches. Another point, my understandingis that the area from the highwater mark to the sea is controlled by Marine and Coastal Management (methinks itit has moved to another government department within the last 12 months): under what authority is the NMMM intending to implement this proposed ban? By the way, these are the same people who wanted to arrest a dive shop owner and confiscate his boat for the "crime" of being amongst a shoal of sardines - for which he has a permit - because he did not have a permit for watching the whales that were in the same vicinity..... Mike Klee

  • Ruan - 2011-12-04 20:42

    so why do we buy a fishing permit?? what about the people that fish with mud prawns and pencil? what about all the other types of fishing? we all pay to have a permit to fish legally. people have been fishing in the bay for ever! im sure there is another way?? surely some type of fishing should be allowed.. i agree about chumming the water. but come on... who fishes at noordhoek and those places?? i fish from a paddle ski at swartkops, pollock etc.... have never harmed anybody.. how is that illegal? if you want to ban fishing in the bay you should do it everywhere because now everybody is just going to go fish at places like gamtoose, sundays, st francis etc... then what? then there wont be any fish left??

  • gordon.kotze - 2011-12-05 08:41

    Stop the chumming and carry on fishing. Unfortunately for resposible fishermen, the actions of a few individuals are going to see fishing banned near swimming beaches. There are guys chumming the water at Avos which is a surfing beach and right next door is Clubhouse where people swim, surf and do lifesaving. If you look at the number of people that fish compared to the number of that use the ocean for other activities, maybe a ban should be imposed.

  • Rean - 2011-12-06 08:57

    When will they learn to tackle the transgressor and not the law abiding licenced fisherman. Suppose it's easier to sit on your butt and rule by "fear" than actually get out and do something to catch those doing the chumming.

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