KwaZulu-Natal north coast chemical spill inhibits fishing

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Members of Spill Tech clean up crew carry bags of dead fish collected on beaches north of the uMgeni estuary.
Members of Spill Tech clean up crew carry bags of dead fish collected on beaches north of the uMgeni estuary.
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Fishing for sport or food has been severely hampered at beaches north of the uMgeni estuary all the way to KwaDukuza, on the KZN north coast.

As a result of the United Phosphorus Limited (UPL) chemical spill caused when UPL was set on fire during the unrest two weeks ago in Cornubia, eThekwini Municipality under advice from KZN Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs (EDTEA) and Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife decided to close the beaches due to the environmental and potential human health impacts of the spillage into the Umhlanga Lagoon.

The closure, affecting Beachwood, Virginia, Glenashley, La Lucia, Umhlanga Main and Bronze, Umdloti, La Mercy and Tongaat beaches as well as all KwaDukuza beaches, means no recreational activities including fishing is allowed.

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