Betty's Bay MPA rezoning plan announced


The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) has announced its plan to re-zone the Betty’s Bay Marine Protected Area (MPA), as well as the Robberg MPA in Plettenberg Bay. At the same time, the department also announced intentions to re-zone and re-align the Goukamma MPA near Sedgefield in the Western Cape. These changes are in line with the National Protected Area Expansion Strategy.

 

According to DEA, this will affect where recreational fishing and diving are allowed in the Betty’s Bay and Robberg MPAs and where all forms are fishing are allowed in the Goukamma MPA. 

 

A stakeholder participation process is now being run in accordance with requirements published in terms of the Marine Living Resources Act (Act 18 of 1998) and the National Environmental Management: Protected Areas Act (Act 57 of 2003). This will allow interested and affected parties to provide comment on this process.  ABI partners and friends are encouraged to register as stakeholders in this process and to attend public meetings to be held at the localities and dates indicated below:

 

MPA

Venue

Date

Time

Goukamma MPA

Royal Hotel conference venue, Knysna

20 March 2014

17h30-19h30

Robberg MPA

N.G. Kerk, Plettenberg Bay

21 March 2014

10h00-12h00

Betty’s Bay MPA

Crassula Community Hall, Bettys Bay

27 March 2014

18h00-20h00

 

To register as a stakeholder, please send an email or fax with your name, affiliation, and contact details (telephone, email, fax, postal address) to:

 

Anchor Environmental Consultants,

8 Steenberg House,

Silverwood Close, Tokai, 7945

Telephone: 021 701 3420

Fax: 021 701 5280

E-mail: info@anchorenvironmental.co.za

 

The closing date for receipt of comments is 25 April 2014.

 


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