‘Nelson Mandela Bay (PE) urges fishing ban amidst chumming concerns’

9 December 2011

Courtesy Rob Munro

The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality (Port Elizabeth) is currently considering an urgent ban on fishing close to recreational beaches after it became apparent that chumming, a custom of throwing cut-up fish in the sea to catch sharks, is take place close to surfing, paddling and swimming areas. The Municipality’s Beach Office recommended a ban on angling from Kings Beach (Southern) Harbour Wall to Flat Rock (Beacon) and other beaches located 500m away from lifeguard demarcated bathing areas, such as 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. A public participation process will be started as soon as possible to ensure that all stakeholders have an opportunity to give input and direction on this matter. However, this does not mean that a complete ban on fishing will be implemented, since angling will still be allowed from Beacon down towards Willows, Shoenmakerskop and outside bathing areas where lifeguards are on duty. A decision was also taken that chumming or fishing close to recreational facilities will be monitored closely with CCTV footage to ensure compliance.

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